property right


Definition of property right

: a legal right or interest in or against specific property

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Recent Examples on the Web The measures might have violated property rights and personal privacy, which were not the priority of the officials and weren’t taken into consideration in making policies, explains Yu. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "A Chinese YouTuber shows how China’s political system ends up with Africans being mistreated," 25 Apr. 2020 The current articulation of the contrast between property rights and the right to live was born in the 19th century. On Barak, Quartz, "Fossil fuels are propelling Covid-19—and the next pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 Conservatives point to religious freedom, property rights and the Second Amendment. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Government intrusions on civil liberties during pandemic raise risks, rewards," 9 Apr. 2020 Conservatives focused on private property rights and progressives focused on fair compensation for hard work should find this arrangement anti-business and unethical. Richard James Burgess, Billboard, "The So-Called 'Local Radio Freedom Act' Is Actually an Anti-Creator, Anti-Property-Rights Bill (Guest Column)," 25 Feb. 2019 Louisville may ban big trees near power lines Councilwoman Donna Purvis, D-5th, who was the sole no vote, said she was concerned about private property rights. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Tree canopy ordinance finally clears Metro Council, along with rental help, city borrowing," 24 Apr. 2020 To make China instantly rich and modern, the Communist hierarchy — the same government that once caused the deaths of some 60 million innocents under Mao Zedong — ignored property rights. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "China’s Government Is Like Something out of 1984," 20 Feb. 2020 Practices that denied women legal and property rights in Europe were replicated in Canada. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 Land expropriation will make matters worse by deterring investors worried about property rights, especially if such a policy is written into the country’s constitution as the current proposal envisions. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "How to Stop a South African Land Grab," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of property right

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Property right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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Legal Definition of property right

1 : a right or interest in or involving property (as real property) a conflict between environmental regulations and property rights
2 : property interest at interest 3b

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