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What Does It Mean To Have A Right To Something?

A right is a legal entitlement that is enforceable against others. A right may be explicitly granted by a constitution or by legislation. The word “right” is often used to mean the opposite of left, but in fact it can mean anything you like, as long as it’s not illegal (or immoral).

Rights are usually thought of as negative rights, which means that they are limitations on the power of other people or organisations. A person who has this type of right does not have to ask for permission from someone else before exercising it. For example, we all have the right not to be harmed or killed by another person unless we have acted in such a way that we are liable for our own death.

Rights can also be positive rights, which means that an organisation must provide something for us (e.g., education), but these are less common than negative rights.

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Last modified: August 7, 2022

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