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- n. Plural form of right.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of right.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Right; rightly; properly.
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This isn't even a civil rights issue, it's a * human rights* issue.
_Incorporeal_ hereditaments are inheritable rights which grow out of corporeal inheritances, or which consist in their enjoyment; as the right of pasturing a common; a right of passage over the land of another; a right to the use of waters, sometimes called _aquatic rights_, &c.
Added to this "the right of peaceably assembling" violently wrested -- the rights of minorities, _rights_ no longer -- free speech struck dumb -- free _men_ outlawed and murdered -- free presses cast into the streets and their fragments strewed with shoutings, or flourished in triumph before the gaze of approving crowds as proud mementos of prostrate law!
But if, like a legislative act, it confers actual rights on the slaves, whether they are able to secure them in fact or not, then those _rights_ are not lost, though the law cease to exist.
Add to this "the right of peaceably assembling" violently wrested -- the rights of minorities, _rights_ no longer -- free speech struck dumb -- free _men_ outlawed and murdered -- free presses cast into the streets and their fragments strewed with shoutings, or flourished in triumph before the gaze of approving crowds as proud members of prostrate law!
For rights are _rights_; God's are no more -- man's are no less.
They are all based upon the assumption that man has the right to decide what are the rights, to point out the duties, and to fix the boundaries of woman's sphere; which, taking for true, our cherished theory of government, to wit: the _inalienability and equality of human rights_ can hardly be characterized by a milder term than that of an impudent and oppressive usurpation.
Give us our rights by all means, but _rights are not habits_, and it's habits we want -- good habits.
One chief agency of law as to rights is exercised in limiting * natural rights*.
Nature, the civil compact is, in conscience, dissolved, and all the rights of nature return; that, in civil society, the _rights and the duties go hand in hand_, and that, when the former are taken away, the latter cease to exist.
Advice to Young Men And (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life. In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject.