Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality: do the right thing and confess.
  • adj. In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct: the right answer.
  • adj. Fitting, proper, or appropriate: It is not right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
  • adj. Most favorable, desirable, or convenient: the right time to act.
  • adj. In or into a satisfactory state or condition: put things right.
  • adj. In good mental or physical health or order.
  • adj. Intended to be worn or positioned facing outward or toward an observer: the right side of the dress; made sure that the right side of the fabric was visible.
  • adj. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the south when the subject is facing east.
  • adj. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the right side.
  • adj. Located on the right side of a person facing downstream: the right bank of a river.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right.
  • adj. Mathematics Formed by or in reference to a line or plane that is perpendicular to another line or plane.
  • adj. Mathematics Having the axis perpendicular to the base: right cone.
  • adj. Mathematics Having a right angle: a right triangle.
  • adj. Straight; uncurved; direct: a right line.
  • adj. Archaic Not spurious; genuine.
  • n. That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting.
  • n. The direction or position on the right side.
  • n. The right side.
  • n. The right hand.
  • n. A turn in the direction of the right hand or side.
  • n. The people and groups who advocate the adoption of conservative or reactionary measures, especially in government and politics. Also called right wing.
  • n. The opinion of those advocating such measures.
  • n. Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's right hand.
  • n. Baseball Right field.
  • n. Something that is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature.
  • n. Something, especially humane treatment, claimed to be due to animals by moral principle.
  • n. A just or legal claim or title.
  • n. A stockholder's privilege of buying additional stock in a corporation at a special price, usually at par or at a price below the current market value.
  • n. The negotiable certificate on which this privilege is indicated.
  • n. A privilege of subscribing for a particular stock or bond. Often used in the plural.
  • adv. Toward or on the right.
  • adv. In a straight line; directly: went right to school.
  • adv. In the proper or desired manner; well: The jacket doesn't fit right.
  • adv. Exactly; just: The accident happened right over there.
  • adv. Immediately: called me right after dinner.
  • adv. Completely; quite: The icy wind blew right through me.
  • adv. According to law, morality, or justice.
  • adv. Accurately; correctly: answered the question right.
  • adv. Chiefly Southern U.S. Considerably; very: They have a right nice place.
  • adv. Used as an intensive: kept right on going.
  • adv. Used in titles: The Right Reverend Jane Smith.
  • transitive v. To put in or restore to an upright or proper position: They righted their boat.
  • transitive v. To put in order or set right; correct: measures designed to right generations of unfair labor practices.
  • transitive v. To make reparation or amends for; redress: right a wrong.
  • intransitive v. To regain an upright or proper position.
  • idiom by rights In a just or proper manner; justly.
  • idiom in (one's) own right Through the force of one's own skills or qualifications.
  • idiom right and left From all directions or on every side: criticism coming right and left; questions raised from right and left.
  • idiom away Immediately; at once; without delay.
  • idiom right on Slang Used as an exclamation of encouragement, support, or enthusiastic agreement.
  • idiom to rights In a satisfactory or orderly condition: set the place to rights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Straight, not bent.
  • adj. Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
  • adj. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
  • adj. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
  • adj. Healthy, sane, competent.
  • adj. All right; not requiring assistance
  • adv. On the right side.
  • adv. Towards the right side.
  • interj. Yes, that is correct; I agree.
  • interj. I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion.
  • interj. Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
  • interj. Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance.
  • interj. Used to add seriousness or decisiveness before a statement.
  • n. That which complies with justice, law or reason.
  • n. A legal or moral entitlement.
  • n. The right side or direction.
  • n. The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
  • v. To correct.
  • v. To set upright.
  • v. To return to normal upright position.
  • adv. Exactly, precisely.
  • adv. Very, extremely, quite.
  • adv. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really
  • adv. In a correct manner.
  • adv. To a great extent or degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Straight; direct; not crooked.
  • adj. Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming
  • adj. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious.
  • adj. According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct.
  • adj. Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
  • adj. 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. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals.
  • adj. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.
  • adj. Designed to be placed or worn outward.
  • adv. In a right manner.
  • adv. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next
  • adv. Exactly; just.
  • adv. According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously
  • adv. According to any rule of art; correctly.
  • adv. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly.
  • adv. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly.
  • n. That which is right or correct.
  • n. The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong.
  • n. A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood; adherence to truth or fact.
  • n. A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
  • n. That to which one has a just claim.
  • n. That which one has a natural claim to exact.
  • n. That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
  • n. The right side; the side opposite to the left.
  • n. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5.
  • n. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; ; also, to vindicate.
  • intransitive v. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Straight; direct; being the shortest course; keeping one direction throughout: as, a right line.
  • In conformity with the moral law; permitted by the principle which ought to regulate conduct; in accordance with truth, justice, duty, or the will of God; ethically good; equitable; just.
  • Acting in accordance with the highest moral standard; upright in conduct; righteous; free from guilt or blame.
  • Rightful; due; proper; fitting; suitable.
  • Hence Most convenient, desirable, or favorable; conforming to one's wish or desire; to be preferred; fortunate; lucky.
  • True; actual; real; genuine.
  • Precise; exact; very. Compare right, adv., 5.
  • In conformity with truth or fact or reason; correct; not erroneous.
  • Recognizing or stating truth; correct in judgment or opinion.
  • Properly done, made, placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well-regulated; well-performed; correct: as, the sum is not right; the drawing is not right.
  • In good health or spirits; well in body or mind; in good condition; comfortable.
  • Most finished, ornamental, or elaborate; most important: chief; front: as, the right side of a piece of cloth.
  • Belonging to or located upon that side which, with reference to the human body, is on the east when the face is toward the north; dexter or dextral: as, the right arm; the right cheek: opposed to left.
  • Formed by or with reference to a line drawn to another line or surface by the shortest course: as, a right angle; a right cone; right ascension.
  • Synonyms and Upright, honest, lawful, rightful.
  • Correct, meet, appropriate.
  • n. Rightness; conformity to an authoritative standard; obedience to or harmony with the rules of morality, justice, truth, reason, propriety, etc.; especially, moral rightness; justice; integrity; righteousness: opposed to wrong.
  • n. That which is right, or conforms to rule.
  • n. Right conduct; a just and good act, or course of action; anything which justly may or should be done.
  • n. The person, party, or cause which is sustained by justice.
  • n. That which accords with truth, fact, or reason; the truth.
  • n. A just claim or title; a power or privilege whereby one may be, do, receive, or enjoy something; an authoritative title, whether arising through custom, courtesy, reason, humanity, or morality, or conceded by law.
  • n. In law, that which any one is entitled to have, or to do, or to require from others, within the limits prescribed by law (Kent); any legal consequence which any person, natural or artificial, is entitled to insist attaches to a given state of facts; the power recognized by law in a person by virtue of which another or others are bound to do or forbear toward or in regard of him or his interests; a legally protectable interest. ; ;
  • n. That which is due by just claim; a rightful portion; one's due or deserts.
  • n. A fee required; a charge.
  • n. The outward, front, or most finished surface of anything: as, the right of a piece of cloth, a coin, etc: opposed to the reverse.
  • n. The right side; the side or direction opposite to the left.
  • n. Anything, usually one member of a pair, shaped or otherwise adapted for a right-hand position or use.
  • n. [capitalized] In the politics of continental Europe, the conservative party: so named from their customary position on the right of the president in the legislative assembly.
  • n. By authorization; by reason or virtue; because: followed by of. Also in right.
  • n. Correct; not deceived or mistaken as to the truth of a matter.
  • n. To pledge one in a toast. [Compare the French phrase faire raison a.]
  • n. To have good reason or cause.
  • n. Hence— To come near; have a narrow escape from: as, I'd a good right to be run over by a runaway horse this morning; I had a right to get lost going through the woods. [Colloq. and local.]
  • n. In the right or proper order; properly; fittingly: now rarely used except with the verbs put and set: as, to put a room to rights (see above).
  • n. Synonyms and Equity, Law, etc. See justice.
  • n. Prerogative.
  • In a right or straight line; straight; directly.
  • In a right manner; justly; according to the law or will of God, or to the standard of truth and justice; righteously.
  • In a proper, suitable, or desirable manner; according to rule, requirement, or desire; in order and to the purpose; properly; well; successfully.
  • According to fact or truth; truly; correctly; not erroneously.
  • Exactly; precisely; completely; quite; just: as, right here; right now; to speak right out.
  • In a great degree; very: used specifically in certain titles: as, right reverend; right honorable.
  • Toward the right hand; to the right; dextrad.
  • To set straight or upright; restore to the normal or proper position.
  • To set right; adjust or correct, as something out of the proper order or state; make right.
  • To do justice to; relieve from wrong; vindicate: often used reflexively.
  • To direct; address.
  • To resume an upright or vertical position: as, the ship righted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anything in accord with principles of justice
  • adj. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
  • adv. toward or on the right; also used figuratively
  • adj. correct in opinion or judgment
  • adj. (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward
  • adv. in an accurate manner
  • v. put in or restore to an upright position
  • adj. most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  • adv. in the right manner
  • adj. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north
  • adj. having the axis perpendicular to the base
  • adv. an interjection expressing agreement
  • n. location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
  • adj. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
  • adv. completely
  • adj. socially right or correct
  • adj. in or into a satisfactory condition
  • n. the hand that is on the right side of the body
  • adv. exactly
  • n. an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  • n. those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
  • v. regain an upright or proper position
  • adj. precisely accurate
  • v. make right or correct
  • adj. in conformance with justice or law or morality
  • v. make reparations or amends for
  • adj. of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
  • adv. immediately
  • n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
  • adv. precisely, exactly
  • n. a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east
  • adj. intended for the right hand
  • adv. in accordance with moral or social standards
  • adv. (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree
  • adj. in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure
  • n. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English riht. N., sense 3, from the fact that conservatives sit on the right side of the legislative chamber in various assemblies.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English right ("right"), from Old English riht, reht ("right"), from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz (“right, direct”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtós (“having moved in a straight line”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with West Frisian rjocht, Dutch recht, German recht/Recht, Swedish rätt and rät, Danish ret, Norwegian rett, and Icelandic rétt. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek ὀρεκτός, Latin rectus, Albanian drejt and the Sanskrit ऋत (ṛtá). (Wiktionary)
Old English rihtan ("to straighten, judge, set upright, set right"), from riht, from the same ultimate source as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)

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