right·​ward | \ˈrīt-wərd \

Definition of rightward 

: being at, toward, or to the right

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Last year, some of Mr. Trump’s evangelical advisers sought to quiet Vatican criticism of the rightward direction of American Catholicism. Elizabeth Dias And Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "Firing of House Chaplain Causes Uproar on Capitol Hill," 27 Apr. 2018 Further, many people believe that, as one of the Supreme Court’s longest-serving liberal justices, Ginsburg could well be the only person who can prevent such a rightward shift from happening — if only by virtue of staying alive. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Protect RBG” memes capture cultural anxiety over the Supreme Court," 9 Nov. 2018 On the other hand, Mr. Trudeau’s federal government could serve as a counterweight to the rightward provincial shift. Michael Taube, WSJ, "Justin Trudeau’s Canada Turns Right," 9 Oct. 2018 In Mexico, the election on Sunday of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a frugal leftist firebrand, bucked a rightward political shift in Latin America that has taken root over the past four years. New York Times, "Mexico Delivers Another Defeat to the Status Quo in Latin America," 2 July 2018 With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the balance of powers is set to shift heavily rightward – with potentially dire consequences for women’s rights. Jill Filipovic, Time, "It's Naive to Think a Conservative Supreme Court Wouldn't Target Roe v. Wade," 12 July 2018 Yet in other ways, Kavanaugh’s nomination signals the end of caution by reinforcing the Court’s unrelenting rightward shift—quite a feat, since the current Court is one of the most conservative in the nation’s history. Martha F. Davis, Fortune, "Why Brett Kavanaugh Is a Huge Threat to Minority Rights," 10 July 2018 In her votes and in her voice on and off the bench, Justice Sotomayor has unflinchingly called out the Court’s rightward turn, and is confronting it. David Fontana, Vox, "Justice Sotomayor is poised to lead the minority wing of the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 Now 85, Ginsburg is viewed by liberals, anxious about her advanced age and the rightward drift of the court, as a champion of the left, a bastion of resistance whose absence will be a loss for progress. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg reigns supreme in ‘RBG’ documentary | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018

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1733, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the right

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