a legal right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship, including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of congress, including the right to legal and social and economic equality.
an enforceable right or privilege
an invented right, adopted in support of a specific social institution or type of social structure
a privilege created and enforced by a state
a protection against oppressive authority, which is why the Framers took the effort to include those rights in amendments to a constitution of a nation built upon dissent
a right that has been conferred by the federal government on the citizens of America