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adjective \ˈrīt\

Simple Definition of right

  • : morally or socially correct or acceptable

  • : agreeing with the facts or truth : accurate or correct

  • : speaking, acting, or judging in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

Full Definition of right

  1. 1 :  righteous, upright

  2. 2 :  being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper <right conduct>

  3. 3 :  conforming to facts or truth :  correct <the right answer>

  4. 4 :  suitable, appropriate <the right man for the job>

  5. 5 :  straight <a right line>

  6. 6 :  genuine, real

  7. 7 a :  of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located b :  located nearer to the right hand than to the left c :  located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side d (1) :  located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified <stage right> (2) :  located on the right when facing downstream <the right bank of a river> e :  done with the right hand <a right hook to the jaw>

  8. 8 :  having the axis perpendicular to the base <right cone>

  9. 9 :  of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object <made sure the socks were right side out>

  10. 10 :  acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact <time proved her right>

  11. 11 a :  being in good physical or mental health or order <not in his right mind> b :  being in a correct or proper state <put things right>

  12. 12 :  most favorable or desired :  preferable; also :  socially acceptable <knew all the right people>

  13. 13 often capitalized :  of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

right·ness noun

Examples of right

  1. You can't treat me like this! It's not right!

  2. You were right to tell the teacher about the girl who you saw cheating.

  3. Telling the teacher was the right thing to do.

  4. Is that clock right? Is it noon already? Yes. That's right.

  5. There's something not quite right about his story.

  6. Their theory was proved right.

  7. Let me get this right—you want me to lend you $1,000?!

  8. You're right; the answer is six.

  9. I bet you like baseball. Am I right?

  10. Am I right in thinking that he should have never loaned her the money?

Origin of right

Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead straight, direct, rule, rogare to ask, Greek oregein to stretch out

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of right

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.




Simple Definition of right

  • : behavior that is morally good or correct

  • : something that a person is or should be morally or legally allowed to have, get, or do

  • rights : the legal authority to reproduce, publish, broadcast, or sell something

Full Definition of right

  1. 1 :  qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. 2 :  something to which one has a just claim: as a :  the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled <voting rights> <his right to decide> b (1) :  the interest that one has in a piece of property —often used in plural <mineral rights> (2) plural :  the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature <film rights of the novel>

  3. 3 :  something that one may properly claim as due <knowing the truth is her right>

  4. 4 :  the cause of truth or justice

  5. 5 a :  right hand 1a; also :  a blow struck with this hand <gave him a hard right on the jaw> b :  the location or direction of the right side <woods on his right> c :  the part on the right side d :  right field e :  a turn to the right <take a right at the stop sign>

  6. 6 a :  the true account or correct interpretation b :  the quality or state of being factually correct

  7. 7 often capitalized a :  the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer b :  the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members

  8. 8 a often capitalized :  individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies b often capitalized :  a conservative position

  9. 9 a :  a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price b :  the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege —usually used in plural

right·most play \-ˌmōst\ adjective
by rights also by all rights
  1. :  with reason or justice :  properly

in one's own right
  1. :  by virtue of one's own qualifications or properties

of right
  1. 1 :  as an absolute right

  2. 2 :  legally or morally exactable

to rights
  1. :  into proper order

Examples of right

  1. We discussed the rights and wrongs of genetic cloning.

  2. women fighting for equal rights

  3. Knowing the truth is her right.

Origin of right

Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of right

  • : in the exact location, position, or moment that is mentioned

  • : in a direct course or manner

  • : in a way that agrees with the facts or truth

Full Definition of right

  1. 1 :  according to right <live right>

  2. 2 :  in the exact location, position, or moment :  precisely <right at his fingertips> <quit right then and there>

  3. 3 :  in a suitable, proper, or desired manner <knew he wasn't doing it right>

  4. 4 :  in a direct line, course, or manner :  directly, straight <go right home> <came right out and said it>

  5. 5 :  according to fact or truth :  truly <guessed right>

  6. 6 a :  all the way <windows right to the floor> b :  in a complete manner <felt right at home>

  7. 7 :  without delay :  immediately <right after lunch>

  8. 8 :  to a great degree :  very <a right pleasant day>

  9. 9 :  on or to the right <looked left and right>

Examples of right

  1. The keys are right where I said they would be.

  2. Where are my keys? They're right here.

  3. The bank is right next to the pharmacy.

  4. The parking lot is right in front of the building.

  5. He left his bags right in the middle of the floor.

  6. She was waiting right outside the door.

  7. The ball hit me right in the face.

  8. We arrived right at noon.

  9. You are right on time.

  10. When the boss yelled at him, he quit right then and there.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of right

before 12th century




Simple Definition of right

  • : to make (something) right : to correct (something wrong or unjust)

  • : to return (something) to a proper state or condition

  • : to put (something or someone) back in an upright position

Full Definition of right

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to do justice to :  redress the injuries of <so just is God to right the innocent — Shakespeare> b :  justify, vindicate <felt the need to right himself in court>

  3. 2 :  avenge <vows to right the injustice done to his family>

  4. 3 a :  to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition <right the economy> b :  to bring or restore to an upright position <right a capsized boat>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become upright

right·er noun

Examples of right

  1. It was time to right an old wrong.

  2. No one can right all the wrongs in the world.

  3. The government needs to do something to right the economy.

  4. They righted the capsized boat.

  5. He quickly righted himself after he fell off the chair.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of right

before 12th century

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈrīt\

Medical Definition of right

  1. :  of, relating to, or being the side of the body which is away from the heart and on which the hand is stronger in most people <her right foot>; also :  located nearer to this side than to the left

  2. right adverb

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