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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A right, possession, or privilege that is one's due by birth. See Synonyms at right.
  • n. A special privilege accorded a firstborn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something owed since birth, due to inheritance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any right, privilege, or possession to which a person is entitled by birth, such as an estate descendible by law to an heir, or civil liberty under a free constitution; esp. the rights or inheritance of the first born.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth, such as an estate descendible by law to an heir, or civil liberty under a free constitution; specifically, the right of primogeniture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth
  • n. an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
  • n. personal characteristics that are inherited at birth

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