riparian right


Definition of riparian right

: a right (such as access to or use of the shore, bed, and water) of one owning riparian land

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Recent Examples on the Web The board has indicated that, because conditions are so dry, restrictions will likely be extended to water users with pre-1914 water rights as well as those with land adjacent to a waterway, known as a riparian right. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of riparian right

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Riparian right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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Legal Definition of riparian right

: the right of one owning riparian land to have access to and use of the shore and water

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