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 for Writ of right
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, n. [AS. right. See Right, a.]
     1. That which is right or correct. Specifically:
        (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to
            lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt,
            -- the opposite of moral wrong.
        (b) A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood;
            adherence to truth or fact.
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                  Seldom your opinions err;
                  Your eyes are always in the right. --Prior.
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        (c) A just judgment or action; that which is true or
            proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
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                  Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,
                  And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
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     2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically:
        (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact.
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                  There are no rights whatever, without
                  corresponding duties.             --Coleridge.
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        (b) That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to
            exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a
            right to arrest a criminal.
        (c) That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a
            claim to possess or own; the interest or share which
            anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim;
            interest; ownership.
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                  Born free, he sought his right.   --Dryden.
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                  Hast thou not right to all created things?
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                  Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
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        (d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
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     3. The right side; the side opposite to the left.
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              Led her to the Souldan's right.       --Spenser.
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     4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those
        members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists.
        See Center, 5.
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     5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of
        cloth, a carpet, etc.
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     At all right, at all points; in all respects. [Obs.]
     Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a
        declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See
        under Bill.
     By right, By rights, or By good rights, rightly;
        properly; correctly.
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              He should himself use it by right.    --Chaucer.
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              I should have been a woman by right.  --Shak.
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     Divine right, or
     Divine right of kings, a name given to the patriarchal
        theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no
        misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a
        monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience
        of the people.
     To rights.
        (a) In a direct line; straight. [R.] --Woodward.
        (b) At once; directly. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Swift.
     To set to rights, To put to rights, to put in good order;
        to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order.
     Writ of right (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in
        fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  writ of right
      n 1: a writ ordering that land be restored to its rightful owner

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WRIT OF RIGHT, practice. The remedy appropriate to the case where a party 
  claims the specific recovery of corporeal hereditaments in fee simple; 
  founding his title on the right of property, or mere right, arising either 
  from his own seisin, or the seisin of his ancestor or predecessor. F. N. B. 
  1 B 3 Bl. Com. 391. 
       2. At common law, a writ of right lies only against the tenant of the 
  freehold demanded. 8 Cranch, 239. 
       3. This writ brings into controversy only the rights of the parties in 
  the suit, and a defence that a third person has better title will not avail. 
  Id.; 7 Wheat. 27; 3 Pet. 133. See 2 Wheat. 306; 4 Bing. N. S. 711; 3 Bing. 
  N. S. 434; 4 Scott, R. 209; 6 Scott, R. 435; Id. 738; 1 Bing. N. S. 597; 5 
  Bing. N. S. 161; 6 Ad. & Ell. 103; 1 H. Bl. 1; 5 Taunt. R. 326; 1 Marsh. R. 
  68; 2 Bos. & P. 570; 1 N. R. 64; 4 Taunt. R. 572; 3 Bing. R. 167; 2 W. Bl. 
  Rep. 1261; 1 B. & B. 17; 2 Car. & P. 187; Id. 271 Holt, R. 657; 8 Cranch, 
  229; 3 Fairf. 312; 7 Wend. 250; 3 Bibb, 57; 3 Rand. 568 2 J. J. Marsh. 104; 
  2 A. K. Marsh. 396; 1 Dana, 410; 2 Leigh, R. 1 4 Mass. 64; 17 Mass. 74. 

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