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  1. any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth: Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.
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Origin of birthright

First recorded in 1525–35; birth + right
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  1. privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
  2. the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
  3. inheritance; patrimony
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Word Origin and History for birthright


also birth-right, 1530s, from birth (n.) + right (n.). Used as an adjective from 1650s, especially by Quakers.

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