The Alternative Dutch Dictionary: rechten

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rechten etymology Germanic, from recht, cognate with German Recht, also from the adjective recht. {{rfe}} pronunciation
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  1. To seek justice, notably:
    1. To sue judicially
    2. To contend by argument etc.
  2. To straighten
  3. To erect, raise
Synonyms: (seek justice) recht zoeken, (seek justice, judicial only) procederen, (straighten) rechtmaken, rechttrekken (both cognate), (erect) oprichten (cognate)
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  1. nl-noun form of pl
  2. (academic subject, colloquial) law De uitdrukking ‘rechten’ stamt uit het universitair onderwijs in de middeleeuwen toen men aan de juridische faculteiten zowel wereldlijk (vooral Romeins) recht als het canoniek recht kon studeren. The appellation ‘laws’ derives from the university-level education in the middle ages, when at the law colleges one could study secular (mainly Roman) law as well as canon law.
Synonyms: (academic subject) rechtsgeleerdheid

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