tell right from wrong

Definition of tell right from wrong

:to know what things are good and what things are bad
  • He is old enough to tell right from wrong.

Word by Word Definitions

tell play
  1. : to relate in detail : narrate

  2. : to give utterance to : say

  3. : to make known : divulge, reveal

  1. : an inadvertent behavior or mannerism that betrays a poker player's true thoughts, intentions, or emotions

  1. : hill, mound

right play
  1. : righteous, upright

  2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

  3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

  1. : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. : something to which one has a just claim: such as

  3. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. : according to right

  2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

  3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

  2. : justify, vindicate

  3. : avenge

wrong play
  1. : an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause

  2. : a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another

  3. : something wrong, immoral, or unethical

  1. : not according to the moral standard : sinful, immoral

  2. : not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention : improper

  3. : not according to truth or facts : incorrect

  1. : without accuracy : incorrectly

  2. : without regard for what is proper or just

  3. : in a wrong direction

  1. : to do wrong to : injure, harm

  2. : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate

  3. : defraud


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