property right


Definition of property right 

: a legal right or interest in or against specific property

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Civil liberty and property rights groups have long raised alarms nationally about the dangers of police seizing property without sufficient legal safeguards. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi police took property without legal authority," 9 Oct. 2018 Finally, in the digital age, data privacy should be understood as a property right. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Big Brother Isn’t Watching You," 4 Nov. 2018 Lopez Obrador said individual and property rights would be guaranteed, promised respect for the autonomy of the central Bank of Mexico and said his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline. Mark Stevenson,, "After winning election, Mexico's Lopez Obrador reaches out to Trump, seeks NAFTA deal," 2 July 2018 López Obrador said individual and property rights would be guaranteed, promised respect for the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico, and said his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline. The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico elects leftist López Obrador as president," 2 July 2018 Ideas about what should be done were disparate, including such proposals as creating property rights for data and treating social media as a public-health problem because of their addictive qualities. The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 As a result, the Corps’ unlawful policies caused extensive harm during Hurricane Harvey and continue to jeopardize the property rights, economic interests and welfare of Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend County Drainage District and county residents. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County authorizes lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," 25 May 2018 Their purpose is to defend cases involving individual and property rights along with personal liberties. Lauren Ritchie,, "Mount Dora should take hint from the universe and settle 'Starry Night' lawsuit," 2 Mar. 2018 Justice Kennedy’s jurisprudence has provided the fifth crucial vote in numerous cases defending the First Amendment’s right to free speech and religious liberty, the Heller decision on gun rights, and property rights. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Court After Kennedy," 27 June 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of property right was in 1848

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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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