birthright citizenship

[ burth-rahyt sit-uh-zuhn-ship ]
/ ˈbɜrθˌraɪt ˈsɪt ə zənˌʃɪp /

noun

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

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