A right is something a person has that people think should not be taken away from them. A right is different than a privilege, which is something that must be earned.


  • Many people say people have a "right to life". That means that if one person kills another, the killer would be taking away the victim's "right to life".
  • People may also have a "right to property". That means that people cannot steal things from each other.
  • In many countries people have a "right to free speech", which means other people cannot stop them from saying what they want to.

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