from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A legal right.
- n. Something to which one has legal right.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A right; law in its aspect of the foundation of rights; also, in old law, the writ of right.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old law, right, especially a right in land: right of ownership.
- n. In finance, duty; custom.
- n. Right of stoppage in transitu.
Middle English, a fee allowed by law, from Old French, right, from Late Latin dīrēctum, from neuter of Latin dīrēctus, straight; see direct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)