: 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
: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
: 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>
: something that one may properly claim as due <knowing the truth is her right>
: the cause of truth or justice
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>
The government needs to do something to right the economy.
They righted the capsized boat.
He quickly righted himself after he fell off the chair.
First Known Use of RIGHT
before 12th century
Medical Definition of RIGHT
: 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
Portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French revolutionary parliament (c. 1790s) in which the conservative representatives sat to the presiding officer's right. In the 19th century, the term applied to conservatives who supported authority, tradition, and property. In the 20th century a divergent, radical form developed that was associated with fascism. See alsoleft.