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in one's own right

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Through one's own skills or qualifications, as in He's a fine violinist in his own right, or She has a fortune in her own right. This term originally alluded to a legal title or claim, as in She was queen in her own right, but has been used more loosely since about 1600.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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