1 [usually plural] The right to make use of the water from a stream, lake, or irrigation canal.
- All this reform has led irrigators to question whether they actually own the water right at all.
- Only when contending water users resorted to litigation would a judge file an adjudicated water right, one formally fixed by court decree and recorded in the county courthouse where the suit was decided.
- The other valley water users mounted a concerted attempt to challenge his original water right, hoping to unhinge government control of the river.
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Syllabification: wa·ter right
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