[ burth-rahyt sit-uh-zuhn-ship ]
/ ˈbɜrθˌraɪt ˈsɪt ə zənˌʃɪp /
the practice of automatically granting citizenship to a child born in a particular country, regardless of the citizenship status of the parent or parents: an end to birthright citizenship.
the state of having such citizenship: to grant birthright citizenship to the child of new immigrants.
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Origin of birthright citizenship
First recorded in 1845–50
Words nearby birthright citizenship
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for birthright citizenship
Waslin calls the birthright-citizenship movement “a distraction that moves us from fixing a broken immigration system.”