adjective or adverb

right·​ward ˈrīt-wərd How to pronounce rightward (audio)
: being at, toward, or to the right

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of Diaz-Balart and Salazar, Foreman said the rightward turn of their Miami-Dade County bases shown in last month’s elections could have influenced their thinking. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 8 Dec. 2022 The nation’s rightward turn, which Ronald Reagan cemented with his presidential election two years later in 1980, was on the way. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 The GOP did see some notable successes, including rightward shifts in Florida and New York, and uncertainty remains over the congressional majorities. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2022 The secretary of state and the Israeli leader had a ‘candid’ conversation amid deepening rifts over the Palestinians, Ukraine and a rightward shift by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Michael Crowley, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 But the rightward shift among Latino voters and others complicates the analysis of the relationship between Christian nationalism and ethnicity. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 23 Jan. 2023 Among those opposing McCarthy was U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of southern Illinois, furthering her far-rightward move in the ranks of Congress. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 The new government is set to be the most right wing in Israel’s history, according to political analysts, and caps a decadeslong rightward shift among the electorate. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2022 That means resisting the rightward pull from the most conservative activists in the GOP. Dallas News, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rightward was in 1733

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“Rightward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightward. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


adjective or adverb
right·​ward ˈrīt-wərd How to pronounce rightward (audio)
: toward, at, or to the right

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