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In (one's/its) own right

Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 14, 2004

In Reply to: In (one's/its) own right posted by Jules on July 13, 2004

: What does this mean, exactly? Is it redundant?
: "She's an exciting author in her own right."
: Trying to find the origin and all I get is the actual phrase itself as applied to various subjects. Is it an idiom?

It means "by her own individuality and accomplishments", with a stress on individuality.

I do not know the origin and am not sure if it can be defined as an idiom.

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