Definition of Right

1. Noun. An abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature. "A right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"

2. Adjective. Being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north. "The right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
Attributes: Place, Position
Also: Right-handed
Similar to: Far, Rightmost, Right-hand, Starboard
Antonyms: Left

3. Adverb. Precisely, exactly. "Stand right here!"

4. Verb. Make reparations or amends for. "Right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
Exact synonyms: Compensate, Correct, Redress
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Over-correct, Overcompensate, Aby, Abye, Atone, Expiate
Also: Compensate
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Redress, Redress
Antonyms: Wrong

5. Noun. Location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east. "He stood on the right"
Generic synonyms: Place, Position
Specialized synonyms: Right Stage, Stage Right
Antonyms: Left

6. Adjective. Free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth. "The right decision"
Exact synonyms: Correct
Attributes: Correctness, Rightness
Also: Accurate, Proper, True
Similar to: Accurate, Exact, Precise, Letter-perfect, Word-perfect, Straight
Derivative terms: Correctness, Rightness
Antonyms: Incorrect, Wrong

7. Adverb. Immediately. "She called right after dinner"

8. Verb. Put in or restore to an upright position. "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

9. Noun. The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right.
Exact synonyms: Right Field, Rightfield
Group relationships: Outfield
Generic synonyms: Parcel, Parcel Of Land, Piece Of Ground, Piece Of Land, Tract
Derivative terms: Right Fielder

10. Adjective. Socially right or correct. "Correct behavior"
Exact synonyms: Correct
Similar to: Proper
Derivative terms: Correctness, Rightness

11. Adverb. Exactly. "He fell flop on his face"
Exact synonyms: Flop
Language type: Colloquialism

12. Verb. Regain an upright or proper position. "The capsized boat righted again"
Generic synonyms: Change Posture

13. Adjective. In conformance with justice or law or morality. "Do the right thing and confess"
Attributes: Rightness
Also: Ethical, Good, Just, Proper
Similar to: Ethical, Honorable, Honourable
Derivative terms: Rightness
Antonyms: Wrong

14. Verb. Make right or correct. "Rectify the calculation"
Exact synonyms: Correct, Rectify
Generic synonyms: Change By Reversal, Reverse, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Amend, Rectify, Remediate, Remedy, Repair, Debug
Derivative terms: Correction, Rectification
Antonyms: Falsify

15. Adverb. Toward or on the right; also used figuratively. "The party has moved right"
Antonyms: Left

16. Noun. Those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged.
Exact synonyms: Right Wing
Generic synonyms: Faction, Sect
Specialized synonyms: Religious Right, Hard Right
Derivative terms: Rightist

17. Noun. The hand that is on the right side of the body. "Hit him with quick rights to the body"
Exact synonyms: Right Hand
Generic synonyms: Hand, Manus, Mitt, Paw

18. Adverb. In the right manner. "Can't you carry me decent?"
Exact synonyms: Decent, Decently, In Good Order, Properly, The Right Way
Antonyms: Improperly
Partainyms: Proper

19. Adjective. Correct in opinion or judgment. "Time proved him right"
Exact synonyms: Correct
Similar to: Right-minded
Derivative terms: Correctness, Rightness
Antonyms: Wrong

20. Noun. A turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east. "Take a right at the corner"
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning

21. Adjective. Appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs. "She is not suitable for the position"
Exact synonyms: Proper
Similar to: Appropriate
Derivative terms: Properness

22. Adverb. An interjection expressing agreement.
Exact synonyms: Right On

23. Adjective. Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right.

24. Noun. Anything in accord with principles of justice. "The rightfulness of his claim"
Exact synonyms: Rightfulness
Generic synonyms: Justice, Justness
Antonyms: Wrong, Wrongfulness
Derivative terms: Rightful, Rightful

25. Adverb. Completely. "He fell right into the trap"

26. Adjective. In or into a satisfactory condition. "Put things right"
Similar to: Satisfactory

27. Noun. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing. "Film rights"
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Generic synonyms: Interest, Stake

28. Adverb. (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree. "They rejoiced mightily"
Exact synonyms: Mightily, Mighty, Powerful
Language type: Intensifier, Intensive

29. Adjective. Intended for the right hand. "A right-hand glove"
Exact synonyms: Right-hand
Similar to: Right-handed

30. Adverb. In accordance with moral or social standards. "Do right by him"
Exact synonyms: Justly
Partainyms: Just

31. Adverb. In an accurate manner. "He guessed right"
Exact synonyms: Aright, Correctly
Antonyms: Incorrectly, Wrongly

32. Adjective. In accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure. "The right way to open oysters"
Exact synonyms: Correct
Similar to: Proper
Derivative terms: Correctness

33. Adjective. Having the axis perpendicular to the base. "A right angle"
Category relationships: Geometry
Similar to: Perpendicular

34. Adjective. (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward. "Be sure your shirt is right side out"
Similar to: Outside

35. Adjective. Most suitable or right for a particular purpose. "The time is ripe for great sociological changes"
Exact synonyms: Good, Ripe
Similar to: Opportune
Derivative terms: Goodness

36. Adjective. Precisely accurate. "A veracious account"
Exact synonyms: Veracious
Similar to: Accurate

Definition of Right

1. a. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line.

2. adv. In a right manner.

3. n. That which is right or correct.

4. v. t. To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct.

5. v. i. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.

Definition of Right

1. Adjective. (archaic) Straight, not bent. ¹

2. Adjective. Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines. ¹

3. Adjective. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true. ¹

4. Adjective. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose. ¹

5. Adjective. Healthy, sane, competent. ¹

6. Adjective. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: ? ¹

7. Adjective. (dated still used in some titles) To a great extent or degree. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: Politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative. ¹

9. Adjective. (Australia) All right; not requiring assistance ¹

10. Adverb. On the right side. ¹

11. Adverb. Towards the right side. ¹

12. Interjection. Yes, that is correct; I agree. ¹

13. Interjection. I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion. ¹

14. Interjection. (non-gloss definition Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse). ¹

15. Interjection. (non-gloss definition Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance). ¹

16. Noun. That which complies with justice, law or reason. ¹

17. Noun. A legal or moral entitlement. ¹

18. Noun. The right side or direction. ¹

19. Noun. (context: Politics) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group. ¹

20. Verb. To correct. ¹

21. Verb. To set upright. ¹

22. Verb. (intransitive) To return to normal upright position. ¹

23. Adverb. Exactly, precisely. ¹

24. Adverb. (British US dialect) Very, extremely, quite. ¹

25. Adverb. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really ¹

26. Adverb. In a correct manner. ¹

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Definition of Right

1. being in accordance with what is good, proper, or just [adj RIGHTER, RIGHTEST] / to put in proper order or condition [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Right

1. 1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, the opposite of moral wrong. A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact. "Seldom your opinions err; Your eyes are always in the right." (Prior) A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity. "Long love to her has borne the faithful knight, And well deserved, had fortune done him right." (Dryden) 2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically: That which one has a natural claim to exact. "There are no rights whatever, without corresponding duties." (Coleridge) That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal. That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest or share which anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim; interest; ownership. "Born free, he sought his right." (Dryden) "Hast thou not right to all created things?" (Milton) "Men have no right to what is not reasonable." (Burke) Privilege or immunity granted by authority. 3. The right side; the side opposite to the left. "Led her to the Souldan's right." (Spenser) 4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center. 5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc. at all right, at all points; in all respects. Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See Bill. By right, By rights, or By good rights, rightly; properly; correctly. "He should himself use it by right." (Chaucer) "I should have been a woman by right." (Shak) Divine right, or Divine right of kings, a name given to the patriarchal theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience of the people. To rights. In a direct line; straight. At once; directly. To set to rights, To put to rights, to put in good order; to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order. Writ of right, a writ which lay to recover lands in fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner. Origin: AS. Right. See Right. 1. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. "Right as any line." 2. Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone. 3. Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true. "That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is absolutely right, and is called right simply without relation to a special end." (Whately) 2. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford. 5. Characterised by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. "His right wife." "In this battle, . . . The Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians." (Milton) 6. According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith. "You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well." (Shak) "If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is . . . Right, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die."" (Locke) 7. most favorable or convenient; fortunate. "The lady has been disappointed on the right side." (Spectator) 8. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals. "Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand." (Longfellow) In designating the banks of a river, right and left are used always with reference to the position of one who is facing in the direction of the current's flow. 9. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done. 10. Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth. at right angles, so as to form a right angle or right angles, as when one line crosses another perpendicularly. Right and left, in both or all directions. Right and left coupling, a sphere in such a position that the equator cuts the horizon at right angles; in spherical projections, that position of the sphere in which the primitive plane coincides with the plane of the equator. Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you say is right, true. ""Right," cries his lordship." (Pope) Synonym: Straight, direct, perpendicular, upright, lawful, rightful, true, correct, just, equitable, proper, suitable, becoming. Origin: OE. Right, riht, AS. Riht; akin to D. Regt, OS. & OHG. Reht, G. Recht, Dan. Ret, Sw. Ratt, Icel. Rettr, Goth. Raihts, L. Rectus, p. P. Of regere to guide, rule; cf. Skr. Ju straight, right. Cf. Adroit,Alert, Correct, Dress, Regular, Rector, Recto, Rectum, Regent, Region, Realm, Rich, Riyal, Rule. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Right

rigger brush
right (current term)
right-angled triangle
right-angled triangles

Literary usage of Right

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Federalist, on the New Constitution by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay (1857)
"live is in any case excluded from a similar right of judging in the ex- 4t ecution of its ... By yielding the great point, that the right to declare war, ..."

2. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"Now when they were come up to the gate, there was written over it, in letters of gold, "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS,1 THAT THEY MAY HAVE right ..."

3. The Law of Unfair Business Competition: Including Chapters on Trade Secrets by Harry Dwight Nims (1909)
"Exclusive right to a Name or Mark not Necessary to Action.— In an action for unfair competition it is not necessary that the plaintiff should have an ..."

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