ancient lights

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I. plural noun [treated as sing.]

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[English Law] the right of access to light of a property, established by custom and used to prevent the construction of buildings on adjacent property which would obstruct such access.
– origin mid 18th cent.: from lights meaning ‘light from the sky’. In England the sign ‘Ancient Lights’ was often placed on a house, adjacent to a site where a high building might be erected.

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