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 O’Halleran won his third term by a smaller margin than in his two previous elections, but survived the rightward drift of his largely rural district. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins a third term; all of Arizona's US House incumbents reelected," 10 Nov. 2020 And given the growing political divide between metropolitan and rural areas, this gives the Senate a strong rightward tilt. Arkansas Online, "PAUL KRUGMAN: Is America becoming a failed state?," 7 Nov. 2020 And Biden will have an even harder time changing Trump’s rightward tilt to the nation’s judicial system. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Donald Trump was all about Donald Trump, from start to finish," 7 Nov. 2020 Gideon is using the latest battle over a Supreme Court nominee to remind voters that Collins backed most of Trump's judicial nominees, resulting in a rightward shift in the judiciary. Star Tribune, "Collins votes against Barrett, heads home to save Senate job," 27 Oct. 2020 The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal feminist icon, would give President Trump his third Supreme Court appointment, cementing the rightward turn of the court for a generation or more, and placing the future of Roe v. Wade in doubt. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Loneliness of the Pro-Choice Republican Woman," 30 Oct. 2020 Few counties illustrate the rightward shift in Eastern Ohio better than Ashtabula, where the local economy relies on a mix of tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Counties along Ohio’s Lake Erie’ shores will help tell the story of this year’s presidential election," 28 Oct. 2020 Judge Barrett will be able to start work Tuesday, her lifetime appointment as the 115th justice solidifying the court’s rightward tilt. Lisa Mascaro, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservative court: Justice Barrett joins the US Supreme Court," 27 Oct. 2020 Barrett, 48, will be able to start work Tuesday, her lifetime appointment as the 115th justice solidifying the court’s rightward tilt. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rightward

1733, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2020

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“Rightward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightward. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rightward

: toward the right

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