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riparian right

noun, Law.
a right, as fishing or use of water for irrigation or power, enjoyed by a person who owns riparian property.
Origin of riparian right
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The riparian right to water established by long usage, is a joke when applied to the Indian.

    The Discards Lucullus Virgil McWhorter

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