[countable, uncountable] a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular way right (to something) Everyone has a right to a fair trial. right (to do something) You have no right to stop me from going in there. What gives you the right to do that? She had every right to be angry. You're quite within your rights to ask for your money back. By rights (= if justice were done) half the money should be mine. There is no right of appeal against the decision. Education is provided by the state as of right (= everyone has a right to it). The property belongs to her by right. They had fought hard for equal rights.