absolute rights
Rights incident to the ownership of property, rights growing out of contractual relations, or the right to enter or refuse to enter into contractual relations. These rights the individual may exercise without reference to his motive as to any injury resulting therefrom directly, since the courts, apparently on the ground of expediency, have consistently held that such an injury is not a legal injury in the sense that it is actionable. On the other hand, under the guise of exercising an absolute right, it is not lawful, according to some authorities, indirectly to interfere with the business, employment, or occupation of a third person, where the exercise of the right is with the object of injuring the latter rather than primarily benefiting the person exercising such right. 30 Am J Rev ed Interf § 51. See absolute estate; absolute owner.

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