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water right

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noun
  1. the right to make use of the water from a particular stream, lake, or irrigation canal.
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Origin of water right

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for water right

Historical Examples

  • Theoretically, when the water-right is defined in marcos it is permanent.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis

  • An engineer was with him and while they were at luncheon I overheard them discussing your water-right.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • They're after my water-right, sweetheart—they're after it already!

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • If I can tie that land up, my water-right is worth millions.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • "But he can't take out any more than his water-right calls for," he added.

    The Long Shadow

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for water right

water right

noun
  1. the right to make use of a water supply, as for irrigation
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