Birthright



any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth:
Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.
Contemporary Examples

The Strange Heritage of Columbus Day Laurence Bergreen October 9, 2011
Nelson Mandela Demanded Justice Before Forgiving White South Africans Peter Beinart December 8, 2013
Lost That Loving Feeling? Steven M. Cohen October 30, 2012
Likud: The Party of Annexation Elisheva Goldberg November 26, 2012
Gordon Brown: Our Silent Education Crisis Gordon Brown January 25, 2012

Historical Examples

Notes on the Book of Genesis Charles Henry Mackintosh
The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
Dear Enemy Jean Webster
Louis XIV., Makers of History Series John S. C. Abbott
Abridgement of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856 (4 of 16 vol.) Various

noun
privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
inheritance; patrimony
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