right–of–way

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noun \ˌrīt-ə(v)-ˈwā\

Definition of right–of–way

plural

rights–of–way

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right–of–ways

  1. 1 :  a legal right of passage over another person's ground

  2. 2a :  the area over which a right-of-way existsb :  the strip of land over which is built a public roadc :  the land occupied by a railroad especially for its main lined :  the land used by a public utility (as for a transmission line)

  3. 3a :  a precedence in passing accorded to one vehicle over another by custom, decision, or statuteb :  the right of traffic to take precedencec :  the right to take precedence over others gave the bill the right–of–way in the Senate

First Known Use of right–of–way

1768


RIGHT–OF–WAY Defined for English Language Learners

right-of-way

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Definition of right–of–way for English Language Learners

  • : the right to move onto or across a road before other people or vehicles

  • : a legal right to go across another person's land

  • : a path on a person's land which other people have a legal right to use


RIGHT–OF–WAY Defined for Kids

right–of–way

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noun \ˌrīt-əv-ˈwā\

Definition of right–of–way for Students

plural

rights–of–way

\ˌrīt-səv-\
  1. 1 :  the legal right to pass over someone else's land

  2. 2 :  the right of some traffic to go before other traffic


Law Dictionary

right–of–way

  1. 1 :  an easement or servitude over another's land conferring a right of passage

  2. 2a :  the area over which a right-of-way exists b :  the strip of land over which is built a public road c :  the land occupied by a railroad especially for its main line d :  the land used by a public utility (as for a transmission line)

  3. 3a :  a precedence in passing accorded to one vehicle over another by custom, decision, or statute b :  the right of traffic to take precedence


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