right-of-way

noun \ ˌrīt-ə(v)-ˈwā \

Definition of right-of-way

plural rights-of-way also right-of-ways
1 : a legal right of passage over another person's ground
2 a : 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 a : a precedence in passing accorded to one vehicle over another by custom, decision, or statute
b : the right of traffic to take precedence
c : 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

noun

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

noun \ ˌrīt-əv-ˈwā \

Definition of right-of-way for Students

plural rights-of-way \ˌrīt-səv-\
1 : the legal right to pass over someone else's land
2 : the right of some traffic to go before other traffic

Law Dictionary

right-of-way

legal Definition of right-of-way

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