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 for Bill of rights
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.
                                                    --Dryden.
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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?
                                                    --Milton.
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                  Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
                                                    --Burke.
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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.]
        --Chaucer.
  
     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.
        --Blackstone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bill \Bill\, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille),
     for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter,
     edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG.
     bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. Bull papal edict, Billet a
     paper.]
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     1. (Law) A declaration made in writing, stating some wrong
        the complainant has suffered from the defendant, or a
        fault committed by some person against a law.
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     2. A writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain
        sum at a future day or on demand, with or without
        interest, as may be stated in the document. [Eng.]
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     Note: In the United States, it is usually called a note, a
           note of hand, or a promissory note.
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     3. A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for
        enactment; a proposed or projected law.
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     4. A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away,
        to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale
        of goods; a placard; a poster; a handbill.
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              She put up the bill in her parlor window. --Dickens.
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     5. An account of goods sold, services rendered, or work done,
        with the price or charge; a statement of a creditor's
        claim, in gross or by items; as, a grocer's bill.
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     6. Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a
        bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of
        mortality; a bill of fare, etc.
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     Bill of adventure. See under Adventure.
  
     Bill of costs, a statement of the items which form the
        total amount of the costs of a party to a suit or action.
        
  
     Bill of credit.
        (a) Within the constitution of the United States, a paper
            issued by a State, on the mere faith and credit of the
            State, and designed to circulate as money. No State
            shall "emit bills of credit." --U. S. Const. --Peters.
            --Wharton. --Bouvier
        (b) Among merchants, a letter sent by an agent or other
            person to a merchant, desiring him to give credit to
            the bearer for goods or money.
  
     Bill of divorce, in the Jewish law, a writing given by the
        husband to the wife, by which the marriage relation was
        dissolved. --Jer. iii. 8.
  
     Bill of entry, a written account of goods entered at the
        customhouse, whether imported or intended for exportation.
        
  
     Bill of exceptions. See under Exception.
  
     Bill of exchange (Com.), a written order or request from
        one person or house to another, desiring the latter to pay
        to some person designated a certain sum of money therein
        generally is, and, to be negotiable, must be, made payable
        to order or to bearer. So also the order generally
        expresses a specified time of payment, and that it is
        drawn for value. The person who draws the bill is called
        the drawer, the person on whom it is drawn is, before
        acceptance, called the drawee, -- after acceptance, the
        acceptor; the person to whom the money is directed to be
        paid is called the payee. The person making the order may
        himself be the payee. The bill itself is frequently called
        a draft. See Exchange. --Chitty.
  
     Bill of fare, a written or printed enumeration of the
        dishes served at a public table, or of the dishes (with
        prices annexed) which may be ordered at a restaurant, etc.
        
  
     Bill of health, a certificate from the proper authorities
        as to the state of health of a ship's company at the time
        of her leaving port.
  
     Bill of indictment, a written accusation lawfully presented
        to a grand jury. If the jury consider the evidence
        sufficient to support the accusation, they indorse it "A
        true bill," otherwise they write upon it "Not a true
        bill," or "Not found," or "Ignoramus", or "Ignored."
  
     Bill of lading, a written account of goods shipped by any
        person, signed by the agent of the owner of the vessel, or
        by its master, acknowledging the receipt of the goods, and
        promising to deliver them safe at the place directed,
        dangers of the sea excepted. It is usual for the master to
        sign two, three, or four copies of the bill; one of which
        he keeps in possession, one is kept by the shipper, and
        one is sent to the consignee of the goods.
  
     Bill of mortality, an official statement of the number of
        deaths in a place or district within a given time; also, a
        district required to be covered by such statement; as, a
        place within the bills of mortality of London.
  
     Bill of pains and penalties, a special act of a legislature
        which inflicts a punishment less than death upon persons
        supposed to be guilty of treason or felony, without any
        conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.
        --Bouvier. --Wharton.
  
     Bill of parcels, an account given by the seller to the
        buyer of the several articles purchased, with the price of
        each.
  
     Bill of particulars (Law), a detailed statement of the
        items of a plaintiff's demand in an action, or of the
        defendant's set-off.
  
     Bill of rights, a summary of rights and privileges claimed
        by a people. Such was the declaration presented by the
        Lords and Commons of England to the Prince and Princess of
        Orange in 1688, and enacted in Parliament after they
        became king and queen. In America, a bill or declaration
        of rights is prefixed to most of the constitutions of the
        several States.
  
     Bill of sale, a formal instrument for the conveyance or
        transfer of goods and chattels.
  
     Bill of sight, a form of entry at the customhouse, by which
        goods, respecting which the importer is not possessed of
        full information, may be provisionally landed for
        examination.
  
     Bill of store, a license granted at the customhouse to
        merchants, to carry such stores and provisions as are
        necessary for a voyage, custom free. --Wharton.
  
     Bills payable (pl.), the outstanding unpaid notes or
        acceptances made and issued by an individual or firm.
  
     Bills receivable (pl.), the unpaid promissory notes or
        acceptances held by an individual or firm. --McElrath.
  
     A true bill, a bill of indictment sanctioned by a grand
        jury.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Bill of Rights
      n 1: a statement of fundamental rights and privileges
           (especially the first ten amendments to the United States
           Constitution)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "Bill of Rights":
     Declaration of Right, Magna Carta, Magna Charta, Petition of Right,
     civil liberties, civil rights, constitution,
     constitutional amendment, constitutional guarantees,
     constitutional rights, human rights, legal rights, natural rights,
     right, rights, unalienable rights, unwritten constitution,
     written constitution
  
  

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

  BILL OF RIGHTS. English law. A statute passed in the reign of William and 
  Mary, so called, because it declared the true rights of British subjects. W. 
  & M. stat. 2, c. 2. 
  
  

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