property right


Definition of property right

: a legal right or interest in or against specific property

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This seems a common-sense protection of individual property rights against government abuse. Christina Martin, WSJ, "For $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes, the Government Took Uri Rafaeli’s House," 7 Dec. 2018 The president has been threatening tariffs against China since U.S. officials concluded that Beijing abuses American intellectual-property rights. Justin Sink,, "Trump Approves Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods," 14 June 2018 Among the cases are petitions about land and property rights, noise, religious freedom and from people trying to protect trees along the length of the metro line. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "‘You Have to Actually Cut Open Mumbai’s Belly’—Inside One of the World’s Most Audacious Transit Projects," 6 Jan. 2019 According to this view, the most basic property right was that of self-ownership, a right possessed by every human being. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of property right

1848, in the meaning defined above

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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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