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

Definition of rightward

: being at, toward, or to the right

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While some of the news hours have a rightward bent, the anchors generally don't display the pro-Trump sycophancy that's a signature feature of Fox's opinion programs. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump thinks Fox News isn't doing enough to promote his presidency," 28 Aug. 2019 And going by other recent Vatican actions, that may mean brushing up against a rightward turn in Latin American politics. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 Voters in the past have turned rightward for solutions. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Teeing Off on Trump," 27 June 2018 However, at the same time, in response to these demographic changes, more whites have shifted rightward on economic issues. Joshua N. Zingher, Washington Post, "Whites have fled the Democratic Party. Here’s how the nation got there.," 22 May 2018 His campaign has not released many specifics beyond that, but a continuance of his rightward lean on social spending and defense is probably to be expected. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Your guide to the Republicans challenging Trump in the 2020 presidential race," 28 Aug. 2019 Thomas’s rightward drift, which began in the seventies, was inflected by the very ethos that once put him on the left: namely, disaffection with black liberalism and the mainstream civil-rights movement. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "Clarence Thomas’s Radical Vision of Race," 21 June 2019 According to the Democracy Fund, only about twenty-three per cent of the electorate might be considered traditionally conservative, with rightward stances on both economic and social policy. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Conservative Nationalism Is Trumpism for Intellectuals," 21 July 2019 Turnbull, considered a moderate, tried to keep this rightward rebellion in check, granting concessions and trying to placate the hardliners. Jen Kirby, Vox, "What the hell is happening with Australia’s prime minister, explained," 25 Aug. 2018

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1733, in the meaning defined above

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rightward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of rightward

: toward the right

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