droit

noun
\ ˈdrȯit How to pronounce droit (audio) , ˈdrwä How to pronounce droit (audio) \

Definition of droit

: a legal right

Examples of droit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Défenseur des droits, a non-governmental French institution charged with protecting the right of citizens, released a report in 2017 that denounced practices of racial profiling. Mélissa Godin, Time, "French Police Throw Handcuffs on Ground in Protest of Ban on Chokehold," 12 June 2020 Rather than being rooted in traditional copyright law—what the French call droit d’auteur—France’s law appears to be designed for publishers to demand a check from Google. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Google and Copyright ‘Blackmail’—Data Sheet," 30 Sep. 2019 Je croyais avoir eu droit à tout : eh bien non ! Pour avoir dénoncé les horreurs de #Daech par tweets, la « justice » me soumet à une expertise psychiatrique ! Jusqu’où vont-ils aller ?! Jen Kirby, Vox, "French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam," 21 Sep. 2018 France’s policy of droit du sol (birthright citizenship) means they are entitled to French nationality. The Economist, "France’s leakiest border is in the Indian Ocean," 5 Apr. 2018 This new cinema will be cut and pasted together in a world beyond copyright, where droit d’auteur will soon seem as medieval as droit du seigneur. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Dead Media Beat: Jean-Luc Godard says film is dead.," 13 July 2011

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First Known Use of droit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for droit

Middle English, from Anglo-French dreit, droit, from Medieval Latin directum, from Late Latin, neuter of directus just, from Latin, direct — more at dress

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Cite this Entry

“Droit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/droit. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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