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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.

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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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