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Definition of 'right'


  1. an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
  2. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights"
  3. 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"
       Antonyms: left
  4. 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"
  5. those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
       Synonyms: right wing
  6. anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"
       Synonyms: rightfulness
       Antonyms: wrong wrongfulness wrong wrongfulness
  7. the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"
       Synonyms: right hand
  8. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
       Synonyms: right field rightfield


  1. make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
       Synonyms: compensate redress correct
       Antonyms: wrong
  2. put in or restore to an upright position; "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"
  3. regain an upright or proper position; "The capsized boat righted again"
  4. make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"
       Synonyms: correct rectify
       Antonyms: falsify


  1. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"
       Synonyms: correct
       Antonyms: incorrect wrong incorrect wrong
  2. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north; "my right hand"; "right center field"; "a right-hand turn"; "the right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream"
       Antonyms: left
  3. socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior"
       Synonyms: correct
  4. in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"
       Antonyms: wrong
  5. correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right"
       Synonyms: correct
       Antonyms: wrong
  6. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs; "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"; "he is not a suitable husband for her"
       Synonyms: proper suitable suited
  7. of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
       Antonyms: left center
  8. in or into a satisfactory condition; "things are right again now"; "put things right"
  9. intended for the right hand; "a right-hand glove"
       Synonyms: right-hand
  10. in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open oysters"
       Synonyms: correct
  11. having the axis perpendicular to the base; "a right angle"
  12. (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward; "the right side of the cloth showed the pattern"; "be sure your shirt is right side out"
  13. most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
       Synonyms: good ripe


  1. precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"
  2. immediately; "she called right after dinner"
  3. exactly; "he fell flop on his face"
       Synonyms: flop
  4. toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right"
       Antonyms: left
  5. in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
       Synonyms: properly decently decent in good order the right way
       Antonyms: improperly
  6. an interjection expressing agreement
       Synonyms: right on
  7. completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the trap"
  8. (Southern regional intensive) very; "the baby is mighty cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"
       Synonyms: mighty powerful
  9. in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves him right"; "do right by him"
       Synonyms: justly
  10. in a correct manner; "he guessed right"
       Synonyms: correctly aright
       Antonyms: incorrectly wrongly wrong incorrectly wrongly wrong

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