right

Right is a direction, the opposite of left. Most people are right-handed. Right is also correct: the opposite of wrong.

Many times this word has something to do with what is good, proper, or correct, like the right thing to do. You can get the right answer to a question. You can be morally correct or "in the right." You can right a wrong by making up for an injustice. People have rights: in this country, we are guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The first 10 Amendments to our Constitution are called the "Bill of Rights."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: right

1
adjadvnv
free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
precisely, exactly
anything in accord with principles of justice
make right or correct
2
adjnadv
being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north
location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
toward or on the right; also used figuratively
3
adjv
having the axis perpendicular to the base
put in or restore to an upright position
4
nadj
those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: right
1

adj free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

“the right answer”
“took the right road”
“the right decision”
Synonyms:
correct
accurate
conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
accurate, exact, precise
(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
letter-perfect, word-perfect
correct to the last detail; especially being in or following the exact words
straight
following a correct or logical method
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
true
consistent with fact or reality; not false
Antonyms:
incorrect, wrong
not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
inaccurate
not exact
erroneous
containing or characterized by error
fallacious
based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information
false, mistaken
arising from error
improper
not suitable or right or appropriate
false
not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
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adj precisely accurate

Synonyms:
veracious
accurate
conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy

adj socially right or correct

“it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye”
Synonyms:
correct
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

adj in conformance with justice or law or morality

“do the right thing and confess”
Synonyms
ethical
conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior
good
morally admirable
just
used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
ethical, honorable, honourable
adhering to ethical and moral principles
Antonyms:
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
unethical
not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior
evil
morally bad or wrong
unjust
violating principles of justice
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
improper
not suitable or right or appropriate
condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious
bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
base, immoral
not adhering to ethical or moral principles
misguided, mistaken
wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment
wicked
morally bad in principle or practice
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adj correct in opinion or judgment

“time proved him right
Synonyms:
correct
right-minded
disposed toward or having views based on what is right
Antonyms:
wrong
based on or acting or judging in error
wrongheaded
obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion
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adj appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

“the right man for the job”
Synonyms:
proper
appropriate
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

adj in or into a satisfactory condition

“things are right again now”
“put things right
Synonyms
satisfactory
giving satisfaction

adj in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

“what's the right word for this?”
“the right way to open oysters”
Synonyms:
correct
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

adj most suitable or right for a particular purpose

“the right time to act”
Synonyms:
good, ripe
opportune
suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose

adv precisely, exactly

“stand right here!”

adv exactly

Synonyms:
flop

adv in an accurate manner

“he guessed right
Synonyms:
aright, correctly
Antonyms:
incorrectly, wrong, wrongly
in an inaccurate manner

adv in the right manner

Synonyms:
decent, decently, in good order, properly, the right way
Antonyms:
improperly
in an improper way

adv in accordance with moral or social standards

“that serves him right
“do right by him”
Synonyms:
justly

adv immediately

“she called right after dinner”

adv completely

“she felt right at home”
“he fell right into the trap”

adv (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree

“they have a right nice place”
Synonyms:
mightily, mighty, powerful

adv an interjection expressing agreement

Synonyms:
right on

n anything in accord with principles of justice

“he feels he is in the right
Synonyms:
rightfulness
Antonyms:
wrong, wrongfulness
that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
Type of:
justice, justness
the quality of being just or fair

n 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”
Types:
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access
the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
advowson
the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
cabotage
the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders
claim, title
an informal right to something
due
that which is deserved or owed
access, accession, admission, admittance, entree
the right to enter
floor
the parliamentary right to address an assembly
grant
a right or privilege that has been granted
human right
(law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
legal right
a right based in law
pre-emption, preemption
the right to purchase something in advance of others
exclusive right, perquisite, prerogative, privilege
a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
privilege
(law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
representation
the right of being represented by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body
right of action
the legal right to sue
right of search
the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the high seas in wartime and search them
right of way
the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another
states' rights
the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution
voting right
the right to vote; especially the right of a common shareholder to vote in person or by proxy on the affairs of a company
riparian right, water right
right of access to water
compulsory process
the right of a defendant to have a court use its subpoena power to compel the appearance of material witnesses before the court
conjugal right
the right of married persons to the enjoyment of association and sympathy and confidence and domestic happiness and the comfort of living together and eating meals at the same table and profiting from joint property right and the intimacies of domestic relations
conjugal visitation, conjugal visitation right
the legal right in a prison for the inmate and spouse to have sexual intercourse
pre-emption, preemption
the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)
easement
(law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)
privilege of the floor
the right to be admitted onto the floor of a legislative assembly while it is in session
attorney-client privilege
the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge confidential information from his client
informer's privilege
the right of the government to refuse to reveal the identity of an informer
journalist's privilege
the right of a journalist to refuse to divulge sources of confidential information
husband-wife privilege, marital communications privilege
neither spouse can divulge confidential communications from the other while they were married
physician-patient privilege
the right of a physician to refuse to divulge confidential information from a patient without the consent of the patient
priest-penitent privilege
the right of a clergyman to refuse to divulge confidential information received from a person during confession or similar exchanges
door
anything providing a means of access (or escape)
claim, title
an established or recognized right
right to privacy
right to be free of unsanctioned intrusion
right to life
the right to live
right to liberty
the right to be free
right to the pursuit of happiness
the right to try to find happiness
freedom of thought
the right to hold unpopular ideas
equality before the law
the right to equal protection of the laws
civil right
right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
eminent domain
the right of the state to take private property for public use; the Fifth Amendment that was added to the Constitution of the United States requires that just compensation be made
enfranchisement, franchise
a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
patent right
the right granted by a patent; especially the exclusive right to an invention
right of election
in probate law: the legal right of a surviving spouse to elect to take either what the deceased spouse gave under the will or the share of the estate as set forth by statute
right of entry
the legal right to take possession of real estate in a peaceable manner
right of re-entry
the legal right to resume possession (a right that was reserved when a former possession was parted with)
right of offset
(banking) the legal right of a bank to seize deposited funds to cover a loan that is in default
right of privacy
a legal right (not explicitly provided in the United States Constitution) to be left alone; the right to live life free from unwarranted publicity
seat
the legal right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body
enjoyment, use
(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
usufruct
a legal right to use and derive profit from property belonging to someone else provided that the property itself is not injured in any way
visitation right
the right granted by a court to a parent (or other relative) who is deprived of custody of a child to visit the child on a regular basis
copyright, right of first publication
a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
preemptive right
the right granting to shareholders the first opportunity to buy a new issue of stock; provides protection against dilution of the shareholder's ownership interest
subscription right
the right of a shareholder in a company to subscribe to shares of a new issue of common stock before it is offered to the public
land tenure, tenure
the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
Type of:
abstract, abstraction
a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

n (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

“mineral rights
“film rights
Type of:
interest, stake
(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

v make right or correct

Synonyms:
correct, rectify
Antonyms:
falsify
falsify knowingly
Types:
amend, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair
set straight or right
debug
locate and correct errors in a computer program code
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v make reparations or amends for

right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust”
Synonyms:
compensate, correct, redress
Antonyms:
wrong
treat unjustly; do wrong to
Types:
over-correct, overcompensate
make excessive corrections for fear of making an error
aby, abye, atone, expiate
make amends for
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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adj 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”
Synonyms
right-handed
using or intended for the right hand
far
being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
rightmost
farthest to the right
right-hand
located on or directed toward the right
starboard
located on the right side of a ship or aircraft
Antonyms:
left
being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
left-handed
using or intended for the left hand
left-hand
located on or directed toward the left
leftmost
farthest to the left
near, nigh
being on the left side
larboard, port
located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
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adj intended for the right hand

“a right-hand glove”
Synonyms:
right-hand
right-handed
using or intended for the right hand

n 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
location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
Types:
right stage, stage right
the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n 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”
Type of:
turn, turning
the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

n 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
Type of:
hand, manus, mitt, paw
the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

n the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right

Synonyms:
right field, rightfield
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

adv toward or on the right; also used figuratively

“he looked right and left”
“the party has moved right
Antonyms:
left
toward or on the left; also used figuratively
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adj having the axis perpendicular to the base

“a right angle”
Synonyms
perpendicular
intersecting at or forming right angles

adj (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”
Synonyms
outside
relating to or being on or near the outer side or limit

v put in or restore to an upright position

“They righted the sailboat that had capsized”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v regain an upright or proper position

“The capsized boat righted again”
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture
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n those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged

Synonyms:
right wing
Types:
religious right
United States political faction that advocates social and political conservativism, school prayer, and federal aid for religious groups and schools
hard right
the extreme right wing
Type of:
faction, sect
a dissenting clique

adj of or belonging to the political or intellectual right

Synonyms
conservative
resistant to change
conservative
having social or political views favoring conservatism
old-line, oldline
adhering to conservative or reactionary principles
far-right, reactionary, reactionist
extremely conservative
rightish
tending toward the political right
right-wing, rightist
believing in or supporting tenets of the political right
Antonyms:
left
of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
center
of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
socialist, socialistic
advocating or following the socialist principles
liberal
tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
far left
radical or extremely liberal
leftish
tending toward the political left
left-of-center, left-wing, leftist
believing in or supporting tenets of the political left
liberal
having political or social views favoring reform and progress
centrist, middle-of-the-road
supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative
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