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privilege, prerogative, something to which a person is entitled; proprietary interest; side that is opposite the left side; turn towards the right side; something which is just or virtuous; hand on the right side of the body; correctness, justness
correctly, accurately; immediately; directly, straight; completely, entirely; appropriately, properly; morally, in a just manner; very, quite
pertaining to the right side; correct; morally correct, just, fair; normal; suitable, fitting; best, most desirable; in good order or condition; in good health; perpendicular, intersecting at or containing a 90-degree angle; straight
restore to good condition; set in an upright position; correct, make right
conservative political party or parties, right wing, political party or parties generally opposed to liberalism


(See EU citizenship, rights)

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right
\right\ (rīt), a. [oe. right, riht, as. riht; akin to d. regt, os. & ohg. reht, g. recht, dan. ret, sw. r?tt, icel. rëttr, goth. ra?hts, l. rectus, p. p. of regere to guide, rule; cf. skr. &rsdot;ju straight, right. ?115. cf. adroit,alert, correct, dress, regular, rector, recto, rectum, regent, region, realm, rich, royal, rule.]
1. straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. "right as any line."
2. upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
3. conformed to the constitution of man and the will of god, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true. that which is conformable to the supreme rule is absolutely right, and is called right simply without relation to a special end.
2. fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from london to oxford.
5. characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. "his right wife." in this battle, the britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians.
6. according with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith. you are right, justice, and you weigh this well. if there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is right, "let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die."
7. most favorable or convenient; fortunate. the lady has been disappointed on the right side.
8. of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; -- opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals. became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.
note: in designating the banks of a river, right and left are used always with reference to the position of one who is facing in the direction of the current's flow.
9. well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.
10. designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth.

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 right ascension 
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 right atrium of the heart 
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Privilege granted to existing shareholders of a corporation to subscribe to shares of a new issue of  common stock before it is offered to the public. Such a right, which normally has a life of two to four weeks, is freely transferable and entitles the holder to buy the new common stock below the public offering price. See: warrant.

n. nIH - side v. lugh

Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology. Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, being regarded as established pillars of society and culture, and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived."

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Origin
Curiously, this expression and 'as nice as ninepence' are unrelated. The ninepence here referring to the silver ninepenny pieces that were in common use in England until 1696.
ref: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 15th edition. Origin
From the Bible. Matthew 6:3. 'But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.' Origin
Slogan coined by H. Gordon Selfridge, 1857-1947, the founder of the Selfridge chain stores. Meaning
Misheard lyric.
Origin
Misheard version of 'There's a bad moon on the rise', from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

rectum, rectus, beneficium, dexter, vox vocis ius iuris

Noun
1. an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
(hypernym) abstraction, abstract
(hyponym) access
(derivation) compensate, redress, correct
2. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights"
(hypernym) interest, stake
(derivation) compensate, redress, correct
(classification) plural, plural form
3. location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east; "he stood on the right"
(antonym) left
(hypernym) position, place
(hyponym) stage right, right stage
4. a turn to the right; "take a right at the corner"
(hypernym) turn, turning
5. those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
(synonym) right wing
(hypernym) faction, sect
(hyponym) religious right
6. anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"
(synonym) rightfulness
(antonym) wrong, wrongfulness
(hypernym) justice, justness
7. the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"
(synonym) right hand
(hypernym) hand, manus, mitt, paw
8. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
(synonym) right field
(hypernym) tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel
(part-holonym) outfield
Verb
1. make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
(synonym) compensate, redress, correct
(antonym) wrong
(hypernym) change, alter, modify
(hyponym) over-correct, overcompensate
2. put in or restore to an upright position; "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"
(hypernym) change, alter, modify
3. regain an upright or proper position; "The capsized boat righted again"
(hypernym) change posture
4. make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"
(synonym) correct, rectify
(hypernym) change by reversal, turn, reverse
(hyponym) rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amend
Adjective
1. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"
(synonym) correct
(antonym) incorrect, wrong
(similar) accurate, exact, precise
(see-also) accurate
(attribute) correctness, rightness
2. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north; "my right hand"; "right center field"; "a right-hand turn"; "the right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
(antonym) left
(similar) far
(see-also) right-handed
(attribute) position, place
3. socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior"
(synonym) correct
(similar) proper
4. in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"
(antonym) wrong
(similar) ethical, honorable, honourable, moral
(see-also) ethical
(attribute) rightness
5. correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right"
(synonym) correct
(antonym) wrong
(similar) right-minded
6. appropriate for a condition or occasion; "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"
(synonym) proper, suitable
(similar) appropriate
7. of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
(antonym) left
(similar) conservative
(see-also) conservative
8. in or into a satisfactory condition; "things are right again now"; "put things right"
(similar) satisfactory
9. intended for the right hand; "a right-hand glove"
(synonym) right(a), right-hand(a)
(similar) right-handed
10. in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open oysters"
(synonym) correct
(similar) proper
11. having the axis perpendicular to the base; "a right angle"
(similar) perpendicular
(classification) geometry
12. of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face outward; "the right side of the cloth showed the pattern"; "be sure your shirt is right side out"
(synonym) right(a)
(similar) outside
13. most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
(synonym) good, ripe
(similar) opportune
Adverb
1. precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"
2. immediately; "she called right after dinner"
3. exactly; "he fell flop on his face"
(synonym) flop
(classification) colloquialism
4. toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right"
(antonym) left
5. in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
(synonym) properly, decently, decent, in good order, the right way
6. an interjection expressing agreement
(synonym) right on
7. completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the trap"
8. (Southern regional intensive) very; "the baby is mighty cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"
(synonym) mighty, powerful
(classification) intensifier, intensive
9. in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves him right"; "do right by him"
(synonym) justly
10. in a correct manner; "he guessed right"
(synonym) correctly, aright
(antonym) incorrectly, wrongly, wrong
(pertainym) correct


No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
  

girth grith

on the right (side): ar dheis
right hand: lamh dheas
correct, fair: ceart
all right: ceart go leor

Right, (n.)

Legitimate authority to be, to do or to have; as the right to be a king, the right to do one's neighbor, the right to have measles, and the like. The first of these rights was once universally believed to be derived directly from the will of God; and this is still sometimes affirmed "in partibus infidelium" outside the enlightened realms of Democracy; as the well known lines of Sir Abednego Bink, following:

By what right, then, do royal rulers rule?
Whose is the sanction of their state and pow'r?
He surely were as stubborn as a mule
Who, God unwilling, could maintain an hour
His uninvited session on the throne, or air
His pride securely in the Presidential chair.

Whatever is is so by Right Divine;
Whate'er occurs, God wills it so. Good land!
It were a wondrous thing if His design
A fool could baffle or a rogue withstand!
If so, then God, I say (intending no offence)
Is guilty of contributory negligence.
  

right = a. separate right; south Anianolder = n. natural right Cyfongl = n. a right angle, a. of even angles Cyfraith = n. mutual right; law, judicial process De = n. activity; a parting, right, right side; the south, v. to part; to Deau = n. the right; the south; a. right, dexterous Deheulaw = n. a right hand Dyelw = n. a right Dyled = n. due right, debt Gwir = n. ether; purity; truth; a. pure; right, true Gwirion = a. truly right; innocent; ignorant, n. innocence; ignorance Iawn = n. right; satisfaction; a right, equitible; just; ad. rightly, or Iawnbwyll = n. right reason Iawni = v. to render right Iawnles = n. right advantage Iawnran = n. right share Iawnred = n. right course Iawnryw = n. right kind Iawnwedd = n. right aspect Iawnymgais = n. right pursuit Penrhaith = n. what has chief right, the chief of the law Rhaith = n. right; law; jury

A security granted to shareholders of a corporation to subscribe to new shares of common stock before it is publicly offered. It is usually transferable and may be traded in the open market.

[A43/B61] In the context of the distinction between clear and confused representations, Kant distinguishes "the representation of a body in intuition" from "a concept in the understanding" (exactly why he makes this contrast here is unclear; he denies that appearances are always confused). Despite the apparent confusion in our concept of right (an aggregate of "the subtlest speculation we can develop out of it"), Kant insists that "`right' can never be an appearance; it is a concept in the understanding, and represents a property (the moral property) of actions, which belong to them in themselves".


Article 19 [No Discrimination, No Privileges]
All people of Iran, whatever the ethnic group or tribe to which they belong, enjoy equal rights;
color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege.
Article 20 [Equality Before Law]
All citizens of the country, both men and women, equally enjoy the protection of the law and
enjoy all human, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, in conformity with Islamic
criteria.
Article 21 [Women's Rights]
The government must ensure the rights of women in all respects, in conformity with Islamic
criteria, and accomplish the following goals:
1) create a favorable environment for the growth of woman's personality and the restoration of
her rights, both the material and intellectual;
2) the protection of mothers, particularly during pregnancy and child-rearing, and the protection
of children without guardians;
3) establishing competent courts to protect and preserve the family;
4) the provision of special insurance for widows, aged women, and women without support;
5) the awarding of guardianship of children to worthy mothers, in order to protect the interests of
the children, in the absence of a legal guardian.
Article 22 [Human Dignity and Rights]
The dignity, life, property, rights, residence, and occupation of the individual are inviolate, except
in cases sanctioned by law.
Article 23 [Freedom of Belief]
The investigation of individuals' beliefs is forbidden, and no one may be molested or taken to task
simply for holding a certain belief.
Article 24 [Freedom of the Press]
Publications and the press have freedom of expression except when it is detrimental to the
fundamental principles of Islam or the rights of the public. The details of this exception will be
specified by law.
Article 25 [Secrecy of Communication]
The inspection of letters and the failure to deliver them, the recording and disclosure of telephone
conversations, the disclosure of telegraphic and telex communications, censorship, or the wilful
failure to transmit them, eavesdropping, and all forms of covert investigation are forbidden,
except as provided by law.
Article 26 [Freedom of Association]
The formation of parties, societies, political or professional associations, as well as religious
societies, whether Islamic or pertaining to one of the recognized religious minorities, is permitted
provided they do not violate the principles of independence, freedom, national unity, the criteria
of Islam, or the basis of the Islamic Republic. No one may be prevented
from participating in the aforementioned groups, or be compelled to participate in them.
Article 27 [Freedom of Assembly]
Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are
not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.
Article 28 [Work]
(1) Everyone has the right to choose any occupation he wishes, if it is not contrary to Islam and
the public interests, and does not infringe the rights of others.
(2) The government has the duty, with due consideration of the need of society for different kinds
of work, to provide every citizen with the opportunity to work, and to create equal conditions for
obtaining it.
Article 29 [Welfare Rights]
(1) To benefit from social security with respect to retirement, unemployment, old age, disability,
absence of a guardian, and benefits relating to being stranded, accidents, health services, and
medical care and treatment, provided through insurance or other means, is accepted as a universal
right.
(2) The government must provide the foregoing services and financial support for every
individual citizen by drawing, in accordance with the law, on the national revenues and funds
obtained through public contributions.
Article 30 [Education]
The government must provide all citizen with free education up to secondary school, and must
expand free higher education to the extent required by the country for attaining self-sufficiency.
Article 31 [Housing]
It is the right of every Iranian individual and family to possess housing commensurate with his
needs. The government must make land available for the implementation of this article, according
priority to those whose need is greatest, in particular the rural population and the workers.
Article 32 [Arrest]
No one may be arrested except by the order and in accordance with the procedure laid down by
law. In case of arrest, charges with the reasons for accusation must, without dela y, be
communicated and explained to the accused in writing, and a provisional dossier must be
forwarded to the competent judicial authorities within a maximum of twenty-four hours so that
the preliminaries to the trial can be completed as swiftly as possible. The violation of this article
will be liable to punishment in accordance with the law.
Article 33 [Residence]
No one can be banished from his place of residence, prevented from residing in the place of his
choice, or compelled to reside in a given locality, except in cases provided by law.
Article 34 [Recourse to the Courts]
It is the indisputable right of every citizen to seek justice by recourse to competent courts. All
citizens have right of access to such courts, and no one can be barred from courts to which he has
a legal right of recourse.
Article 35 [Right to Counsel]
Both parties to a lawsuit have the right in all courts of law to select an attorney, and if they are
unable to do so, arrangements must be made to provide them with legal counsel.
Article 36 [Sentencing]
The passing and execution of a sentence must be only by a competent court and in accordance
with law.
Article 37 [Presumption of Innocense]
Innocence is to be presumed, and no one is to be held guilty of a charge unless his or her guilt has
been established by a competent court.
Article 38 [Torture]
All forms of torture for the purpose of extracting confession or acquiring information are
forbidden. Compulsion of individuals to testify, confess, or take an oath is not permissible ; and
any testimony, confession, or oath obtained under duress is devoid of value and credence.
Violation of this article is liable to punishment in accordance with the law.
Article 39 [Dignity of Arrested]
All affronts to the dignity and repute of persons arrested, detained, imprisoned, or banished in
accordance with the law, whatever form they may take, are forbidden and liable to punishment.
Article 40 [Public Interest]
No one is entitled to exercise his rights in a way injurious to others or detrimental to public
interests.
Article 41 [Citizenship]
Iranian citizenship is the indisputable right of every Iranian, and the government cannot withdraw
citizenship from any Iranian unless he himself requests it or acquires the citizenship of another
country.
Article 42 [Nationalization]
Foreign nationals may acquire Iranian citizenship within the framework of the laws. Citizenship
may be withdrawn from such persons if another State accepts them as its citizens or if they
request it.


The right 'R' hand moves toward the right. The right hand, fingers together and palm facing left, is placed in the upturned left palm, whose fingers point away from the body. The right hand slides straight out along the left palm, over the left fingers, and stops with its heel resting on the left fingertips. The right index finger, held above the left index finger, comes down rather forcefully so that the bottom of the right hand comes to rest on top of the left thumb joint.

- Static variable in class java.awt.Event 
public static final int RIGHT
The Right Arrow key, a non-ASCII action key. - Static variable in class java.awt.Label 
public static final int RIGHT
Indicates that the label should be right justified.Since: JDK1.0t. - Static variable in class javax.swing.JSplitPane 
public static final String RIGHT
Used to add a Component to the right of the other Component. - Static variable in interface javax.swing.SwingConstants 
public static final int RIGHT
Box-orientation constant used to specify the right side of a box. - Static variable in class javax.swing.border.TitledBorder 
public static final int RIGHT
Position title text at the right side of the border line. - Variable in class javax.swing.border.EmptyBorder 
protected int right


right; singing
  

Fear of objects at the right side of the body

Refers to the right foot, hand, hip or a direction

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(a.)
That which one has a natural claim to exact.
   (a.)
That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal.
   (a.)
That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest or share which anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim; interest; ownership.
   (a.)
That which is right or correct.
   (a.)
That to which one has a just claim.
   (a.)
Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line.
   (a.)
Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
   (a.)
Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; -- opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals.
   (a.)
Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
   (a.)
In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5.
   (a.)
Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford.
   (a.)
Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth.
   (a.)
Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true.
   (a.)
Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious.
   (a.)
According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith.
   (a.)
A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact.
   (a.)
A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
   (a.)
The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
   (a.)
The right side; the side opposite to the left.
   (a.)
The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong.
   (a.)
To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct.
   (a.)
To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate.
   (a.)
Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
   (a.)
Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.
   (adv.)
According to any rule of art; correctly.
   (adv.)
According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right.
   (adv.)
According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right.
   (adv.)
Exactly; just.
   (adv.)
In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant.
   (adv.)
In a right manner.
   (adv.)
In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide.
   (v. i.)
Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.
   (v. i.)
To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.
  

Intellect or future

yeht gas'rak

okay a typical shop assistant's greeting meaning "Can I help you?" something or someone that is more than all right: lovely, eliciting admiration, beautiful even
mess made of smth. okay; that's right
please
everything would be okay it'll turn out okay Definitely!

Right

When referring to the side of a unit, the right side is always from the perspective of operation. In other words, when sitting in the driver's seat or when riding a bicycle or when pushing a mower, the right side is the operator's right hand side. In other words the left or right side is determined by facing the rear of the unit.

This word is used in various senses: 1. Sometimes it signifies a law, as when we say that natural right requires us to keep our promises, or that it commands restitution, or that it forbids murder. In our language it is seldom used in this sense. 2. It sometimes means that quality in our actions by which they are denominated just ones. This is usually denominated rectitude. 3. It is that quality in a person by which he can do certain actions, or possess certain things which belong to him by virtue of some title. In this sense, we use it when we say that a man has a right to his estate or a right to defend himself.

In this latter sense alone, will this word be here considered. Right is the correlative of duty, for, wherever one has a right due to him, some other must owe him a duty.

Rights are perfect and imperfect. When the things which we have a right to possess or the actions we have a right to do, are or may be fixed and determinate, the right is a perfect one; but when the thing or the actions are vague and indeterminate, the right is an imperfect one. If a man demand his property, which is withheld from him, the right that supports his demand is a perfect one; because the thing demanded is, or may be fixed and determinate.

But if a poor man ask relief from those from whom he has reason to expect it, the right, which supports his petition, is an imperfect one; because the relief which he expects, is a vague indeterminate, thing.

Rights are also absolute and qualified. A man has an absolute right to recover property which belongs to him; an agent has a qualified right to recover such property, when it had been entrusted to his care, and which has been unlawfully taken out of his possession.

Rights might with propriety be also divided into natural and civil rights but as all the rights which man has received from nature have been modified and acquired anew from the civil law, it is more proper, when considering their object, to divide them into political and civil rights.

Political rights consist in the power to participate, directly or indirectly, in the establishment or management of government. These political rights are fixed by the constitution. Every citizen has the right of voting for public officers, and of being elected; these are the political rights which the humblest citizen possesses.

Civil rights are those which have no relation to the establishment, support, or management of the government. These consist in the power of acquiring and enjoying property, of exercising the paternal and marital powers, and the like. It will be observed that every one, unless deprived of them by a sentence of civil death, is in the enjoyment of his civil rights, which is not the case with political rights; for an alien, for example, has no political, although in the full enjoyment of his civil rights.

These latter rights are divided into absolute and relative. The absolute rights of mankind may be reduced to three principal or primary articles: the right of personal security, which consists in a person's legal and uninter-rupted enjoyment of his life, his limbs, his body, his health, and his reputation; the right of personal liberty, which consists in the power of locomotion, of changing situation, or removing one's person to whatsoever place one's inclination may direct, without any restraint, unless by due course of law; the right of property, which consists in the free use, enjoyment, and disposal of all his acquisitions, without any control or diminution, save only by the laws of the land.

The relative rights are public or private: the first are those which subsist between the people and the government, as the right of protection on the part of the people, and the right of allegiance which is due by the people to the government; the second are the reciprocal rights of hushand and wife, parent and child, guardian and ward, and master and servant.

Rights are also divided into legal and equitable. The former are those where the party has the legal title to a thing, and in that case, his remedy for an infringement of it, is by an action in a court of law. Although the person holding the legal title may have no actual interest, but hold only as trustee, the suit must be in his name, and not in general, in that of the cestui que trust. The latter, or equitable rights, are those which may be enforced in a court of equity by the cestui que trust.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.


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