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  1. right of waynoun

    the privilege of someone to pass over land belonging to someone else

  2. right of waynoun

    the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another

  3. right of waynoun

    the passage consisting of a path or strip of land over which someone has the legal right to pass


  1. right of waynoun

    The right to proceed first in traffic.

  2. right of waynoun

    A legal right of passage over another's land or pathways.

  3. right of waynoun

    A legal easement granted for the construction of a roadway or railway.

  4. right of waynoun

    Land on which a right of way exists.

  5. right of waynoun

    The area modified for passage of a railway; often specifically the railbed and tracks.

  6. right of waynoun

    The priority granted to the first person to properly execute an attack.


  1. Right of way

    Right of way is the legal right, established by grant from a landowner or long usage (i.e., by prescription), to pass along a specific route through property belonging to another. A similar right of access also exists on land held by a government, lands that are typically called public land, state land, or Crown land. When one person owns a piece of land that is bordered on all sides by lands owned by others, an easement may exist or might be created so as to initiate a right of way through the bordering land. This article focuses on access by foot, by bicycle, horseback, or along a waterway, while Right-of-way (transportation) focuses on land usage rights for highways, railways, and pipelines. A footpath is a right of way that legally may only be used by pedestrians. A bridleway is a right of way that legally may be used only by pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, but not by motorised vehicles. In some countries, especially in Northern Europe, where the freedom to roam has historically taken the form of general public rights, a right of way may not be restricted to specific paths or trails.


  1. right of way

    Right of way is a legal term referring to a person or vehicle's entitlement or permission to proceed with precedence over others in a particular situation or place, according to certain rules or laws. It can also refer to a pathway or road with a specific legal right to pass through a property owned by another person.


  1. Right of Way

    Right of Way is a 1983 television film drama written by Richard Lees and starring Bette Davis and James Stewart, and directed by George Schaefer. The TV movie stars film veterans Davis and Stewart as an elderly long-married couple who must decide how to deal with the situation of one of them being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Melinda Dillon and Priscilla Morrill also star.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of right of way in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of right of way in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  • Vorfahrt, WegerechtGerman
  • derecho de paso, servidumbre de paso, preferencia, prioridad, derecho de víaSpanish
  • tiealue, käyttöoikeus, rataoikeus, tieoikeus, etuajo-oikeus, etuoikeus, rautatiealueFinnish
  • priorité, droit de passageFrench
  • 우선통행권, 통행권Korean
  • voorrangDutch
  • forkjørsrettNorwegian
  • prioridade, serventia, preferênciaPortuguese
  • prednostSlovene
  • väjningspliktSwedish

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