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

Yet Justice Kennedy closed his third decade on the court in a decidedly rightward pose. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018 Several factors have contributed to the rightward trend, none more important than Justice Neil Gorsuch's first full term as successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's conservatives mark return to power with major rulings, minor punts," 27 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rightward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rightward

1733, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rightward

Statistics for rightward

Last Updated

15 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rightward

The first known use of rightward was in 1733

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rightward



English Language Learners Definition of rightward

: toward the right

More from Merriam-Webster on rightward

Spanish Central: Translation of rightward

Nglish: Translation of rightward for Spanish Speakers

Comments on rightward

What made you want to look up rightward? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!