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right

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1 something to which one has a just claim
  • everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

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2 an entitlement to something
  • what right do you have to tell us what to do?

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3 the practice of giving to others what is their due
  • activists who have fought all their lives for right

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right

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of right (Entry 2 of 4)

1 following an original exactly
  • a modern replica of an 18th-century British warship that is right in all of its details

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3 being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
  • the obvious answer is not always the right one

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6 free from irregularities or digressions in course
  • the first city in America laid out with broad, right avenues

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7 having full use of one's mind and control over one's actions
  • he hasn't been right since he suffered serious brain injury in the accident

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right

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of right (Entry 3 of 4)

1 as stated or indicated without the slightest difference
  • stay right where you are

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2 in a direct line or course
  • walk right over here now

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3 to a great degree
  • a right beautiful day we're having!

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5 in a manner suitable for the occasion or purpose
  • you're not dressed right for an interview with a big-time law firm

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right

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Frequently Asked Questions About right

How is the word right different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of right are accurate, correct, exact, nice, and precise. While all these words mean "conforming to fact, standard, or truth," right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault.

the right thing to do

In what contexts can accurate take the place of right?

While in some cases nearly identical to right, accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.

an accurate description

When is it sensible to use correct instead of right?

The synonyms correct and right are sometimes interchangeable, but correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.

correct answers

socially correct dress

When might exact be a better fit than right?

In some situations, the words exact and right are roughly equivalent. However, exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.

exact measurements

When could nice be used to replace right?

While the synonyms nice and right are close in meaning, nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.

makes nice distinctions

How are the words precise and exact related as synonyms of right?

Precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.

precise calibration

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The first known use of right was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Right.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/right. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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