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[burth-rahyt] /ˈbɜrθˌraɪt/
any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth:
Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.
Origin of birthright
1525-35; birth + right Unabridged
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  • We seem to regard seven to eight hours of unbroken sleep as our birthright.
  • They understand that it is their conditions and not their birthright which is preventing them from doing a good job.
  • It also camouflages the significance of his birthright.
  • With an eye toward the children of illegal immigrants, some politicians are trying to end birthright citizenship.
  • Many people were offended by the idea that the presidency could be claimed as a birthright, as though it were family property.
  • Everybody loves that stuff, and whether you think of it as your birthright or as something you aspire to hardly matters.
  • He had reckoned from childhood on outlawry as his peculiar birthright.
  • birthright citizenship ought to be eliminated as part of comprehensive reform.
  • We view the ability to eat any food at any time of year, irrespective of its natural season, almost as a birthright.
  • We see our physical comfort as a collective birthright.
British Dictionary definitions for birthright


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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Word Origin and History for birthright

also birth-right, 1530s, from birth (n.) + right (n.). Used as an adjective from 1650s, especially by Quakers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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birthright in the Bible

(1.) This word denotes the special privileges and advantages belonging to the first-born son among the Jews. He became the priest of the family. Thus Reuben was the first-born of the patriarchs, and so the priesthood of the tribes belonged to him. That honour was, however, transferred by God from Reuben to Levi (Num. 3:12, 13; 8:18). (2.) The first-born son had allotted to him also a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deut. 21:15-17). Reuben was, because of his undutiful conduct, deprived of his birth-right (Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1). Esau transferred his birth-right to Jacob (Gen. 25:33). (3.) The first-born inherited the judicial authority of his father, whatever it might be (2 Chr. 21:3). By divine appointment, however, David excluded Adonijah in favour of Solomon. (4.) The Jews attached a sacred importance to the rank of "first-born" and "first-begotten" as applied to the Messiah (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:4-6). As first-born he has an inheritance superior to his brethren, and is the alone true priest.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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