• synonyms

have a right to

Have a just or legal claim on something or on some action, as in The accused has a right to legal counsel. The related have the right to is often used with infinitives, as in You have the right to remain silent. [Late 1300s] The antonym, dating from the mid-1600s, is have no right to, as in He has no right to push you aside. Also see in the right.


February Used To Have A Much Stranger NameYou know it as the shortest month of the year—or, depending on where you live, the coldest. But, do you know where the name February came from?

Nearby words

have a lot on one's plate, have a mind to, have a nerve, have a nice day, have a penchant for, have a right to, have a say in, have a screw loose, have a shot at, have a stake in, have a thing about
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