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right

adjective \ ˈrīt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of right

2 : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper
  • right conduct
3 : conforming to facts or truth : correct
  • the right answer
4 : suitable, appropriate
  • the right man for the job
5 : straight
  • a right line
6 : genuine, real
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 : having the axis perpendicular to the base
  • right cone
9 : of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object
  • made sure the socks were right side out
10 : acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact
  • time proved her right
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 : most favorable or desired : preferable; also : socially acceptable
  • knew all the right people
13 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

rightness

noun

Examples of right in a Sentence

  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?

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Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of right

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

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right

noun

Definition of right

1 : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
2 : something to which one has a just claim: such 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) rights 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 : something that one may properly claim as due
  • knowing the truth is her right
4 : the cause of truth or justice
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
e : a turn to the right
  • take a right at the stop sign
6 a : the true account or correct interpretation
b : the quality or state of being factually correct
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 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 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

rightmost

play \ˈrīt-ˌmōst\ adjective
by rights or less commonly by all rights
: with reason or justice : properly
in one's own right
: by virtue of one's own qualifications or properties
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : legally or morally exactable
to rights
: into proper order

Examples of right in a Sentence

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

  2. women fighting for equal rights

  3. Knowing the truth is her right.

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Origin and Etymology of right

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

right Synonyms


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right

adverb

Definition of right

1 : according to right
  • live right
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely
  • right at his fingertips
  • quit right then and there
3 : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner
  • knew he wasn't doing it right
4 : in a direct line, course, or manner : directly, straight
  • go right home
  • came right out and said it
5 : according to fact or truth : truly
  • guessed right
6 a : all the way
  • windows right to the floor
b : in a complete manner
  • felt right at home
7 : without delay : immediately
  • right after lunch
8 : to a great degree : very
  • a right pleasant day
9 : on or to the right
  • looked left and right

Examples of right in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of right

before 12th century


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right

verb

Definition of right

transitive verb
1 a : to do justice to : redress the injuries of
  • so just is God to right the innocent
  • —William Shakespeare
b : justify, vindicate
  • felt the need to right himself in court
2 : avenge
  • vows to right the injustice done to his family
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
intransitive verb
: to become upright

righter

noun

Examples of right in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of right

before 12th century


RIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

right

adjective

Definition of right for English Language Learners

  • : 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


right

noun

Definition of right for English Language Learners

  • : 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


right

adverb

Definition of right for English Language Learners

  • : 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


right

verb

Definition of right for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RIGHT Defined for Kids

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right

adjective \ ˈrīt \

Definition of right for Students

1 : following or in accordance with what is just, good, or proper
  • It's not right to lie.
2 : accurate, correct
  • That's the right answer.
3 : suitable, appropriate
  • He's the right person for the job.
4 : located on the side of the body away from the heart
  • the right arm
5 : located nearer to the right side of the body than to the left
  • the chair's right arm
6 : being or meant to be the side on top, in front, or on the outside
  • The box landed right side up.
  • Turn the socks right side out.
7 : in a normal or healthy state or condition
  • I don't feel right today.
  • That milk doesn't smell right.
8 : 1straight 1
  • a right line

rightly

adverb

rightness

noun

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right

noun

Definition of right for Students

1 : the ideal of what is just, good, or proper
  • He hasn't learned right from wrong.
2 : something to which a person has a just claim
  • the right to vote
  • He has a right to be angry.
3 : the cause of truth or justice
  • They fought for right.
4 : the right side : a part or location that is on or toward the right side
  • My house is on the right.

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right

adverb

Definition of right for Students

1 : according to what is just, good, or proper
  • She lives right.
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely
  • It's right where you left it.
3 : in a direct line or course : straight
  • Come right home.
4 : according to truth or fact
  • You guessed right.
5 : in a suitable, proper, or desired way
  • You're not doing it right.
6 : all the way
  • We stayed right to the end of the game.
7 : without delay : immediately
  • Let's go right after lunch.
8 : on or to the right
  • turn right
9 : in a complete way
  • He felt right at home here.
right away
: without delay : immediately
  • The movie started playing right away.
  • —R.J. Palacio, Wonder

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right

verb

Definition of right for Students

righted; righting
1 : to make better or more just
  • If only we could right the world's wrongs.
2 : to adjust or restore to a proper state or condition
3 : to bring or bring back to an upright position
  • I righted the books.
4 : to become upright
  • The ship slowly righted again.

Medical Dictionary

right

adjective \ ˈrīt \

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

right

adverb

Law Dictionary

right

noun \ ˈrīt \

legal Definition of right

1 a : qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
b : something that is morally just
  • able to distinguish right from wrong
2 : something to which one has a just claim: as
a : a power, privilege, or condition of existence to which one has a natural claim of enjoyment or possession
  • the right of liberty
  • that all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights
  • Declaration of Independence
— see also natural right
b : a power, privilege, immunity, or capacity the enjoyment of which is secured to a person by law
  • one's constitutional rights
c : a legally enforceable claim against another that the other will do or will not do a given act
  • the defendant may be under a legal duty…to exercise reasonable care for the plaintiff's safety, so that the plaintiff has a corresponding legal right to insist on that care
  • —W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
d : the interest that one has in property : a claim or title to property often used in pl.
  • leasing mineral rights
— see also real right
e plural : the interest in property possessed (as under copyright law) in an intangible thing and especially an item of intellectual property
  • obtained publishing rights
3 : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price

rightful

play \-fəl\ adjective

rightfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : demandable or enforceable under the law
  • an appeal of right

Origin and Etymology of right

Old English riht, from riht righteous



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