property right


: a legal right or interest in or against specific property

Examples of property right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web AstraZeneca’s lawyers argued that Medicare’s new powers amount to a taking of their property rights without due process. John Wilkerson, STAT, 31 Jan. 2024 Rothstein said property rights, a strong economy, a safe environment, a free society, strong partnerships and a transparent government, are what’s important. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024 Without property rights or a clearer prospect of them, the occasional successful harvest did not matter to them. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner ruled that the Coastal Commission violated the state’s landmark Coastal Act by failing to balance the need to protect the environment and private property rights. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 Fort Lauderdale commissioners on Tuesday are poised to convey a highly valuable property right to a private developer for a pittance — at least for now. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Perhaps market finance, the rule of law, and property rights were unnecessary and, from the perspective of Chinese culture, undesirable and counterproductive contrivances. Yasheng Huang, Foreign Affairs, 25 Sep. 2023 The city said in the complaint that as long as the toxic chemicals remain at the site, Dallas’ property rights are being infringed upon. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2023 Including one very special property right here in the United States. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of property right was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Property right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

property right

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