adjective or adverb
right·​ward | \ ˈrīt-wərd How to pronounce rightward (audio) \

Definition of rightward

: being at, toward, or to the right

Examples of rightward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The caucuses' reputation has been damaged by high barriers to participation, a dearth of racial diversity, the rightward drift in the state's electorate and a leftward drift in the Democratic participants. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Republican turnover in the Congress has continued the party’s rightward drive. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 Cartwright, however, has been a top target for Republicans for years -- the party eager to seize on the rightward lean of the district to gain another seat in House. Dan Merica, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 But the new selections signal an end to the circuit’s rightward shift under Trump, who appointed 10 judges to a court that had previously been among the most liberal of the nation’s appellate courts. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 Much of the scholarship on the rightward shift of the late twentieth century has focused on the growing power of the conservative mobilization. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 And with the Supreme Court’s rightward shift, many in the movement sense their moment has arrived. Sarah Varney, Quartz, 5 Aug. 2021 Can the rightward forty-five per cent of the country at this point be talked to? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 29 June 2021 Saar or Bennett, if given the chance to form a governing coalition, would be more likely to include moderate parties, giving them more room to make nice with Democrats despite their own rightward leanings, political analysts say. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rightward

1733, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2021

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“Rightward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightward. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rightward

: toward the right

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