right-of-way

noun
\ ˌrīt-ə(v)-ˈwā How to pronounce right-of-way (audio) \
plural rights-of-way also right-of-ways

Definition of right-of-way

1 : a legal right of passage over another person's ground
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)
3a : 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

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precedence, priority

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First Known Use of right-of-way

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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right-of-way

noun

English Language Learners Definition of right-of-way

: 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

noun
\ ˌrīt-əv-ˈwā\
plural rights-of-way\ ˌrīt-​səv-​ \

Kids Definition of right-of-way

1 : the legal right to pass over someone else's land
2 : the right of some traffic to go before other traffic

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Legal Definition of right-of-way

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