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."

Definitions of right
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    precisely accurate
    synonyms: veracious
    accurate
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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
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    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 opinion or judgment
    wicked
    morally bad in principle or practice
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  5. adjective
    correct in opinion or judgment
    “time proved him right
    synonyms: correct
    right-minded
    disposed toward or having views based on what is right
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    wrong
    based on or acting or judging in error
    wrongheaded
    obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion
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  6. adjective
    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, place, condition, etc.
  7. adjective
    in or into a satisfactory condition
    “things are right again now”
    “put things right
    Synonyms:
    satisfactory
    giving satisfaction
  8. adjective
    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
  9. adjective
    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
  10. adverb
    precisely, exactly
    “stand right here!”
  11. adverb
    exactly
    synonyms: flop
  12. adverb
    in an accurate manner
    “he guessed right
    synonyms: aright, correctly
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    incorrectly, wrong, wrongly
    in an inaccurate manner
  13. adverb
    in the right manner
    synonyms: decent, decently, in good order, properly, the right way
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    improperly
    in an improper way
  14. adverb
    in accordance with moral or social standards
    “that serves him right
    “do right by him”
    synonyms: justly
  15. adverb
    immediately
    “she called right after dinner”
  16. adverb
    completely
    “she felt right at home”
    “he fell right into the trap”
  17. adverb
    (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree
    “they have a right nice place”
    synonyms: mightily, mighty, powerful
  18. adverb
    an interjection expressing agreement
    synonyms: right on
  19. noun
    anything in accord with principles of justice
    “he feels he is in the right
    synonyms: rightfulness
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    wrong, wrongfulness
    that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
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    justice, justness
    the quality of being just or fair
  20. noun
    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”
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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
    standing
    a position from which one has the right to enforce a legal claim or seek redress in a court of law
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    abstract, abstraction
    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  21. noun
    (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
    “mineral rights
    “film rights
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    interest, stake
    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
  22. verb
    make right or correct
    synonyms: correct, rectify
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    falsify
    falsify knowingly
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    amend, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair
    set straight or right
    debug
    locate and correct errors in a computer program code
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    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  23. verb
    make reparations or amends for
    synonyms: compensate, correct, redress
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    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
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  24. adjective
    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”
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    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
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    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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  25. adjective
    intended for the right hand
    “a right-hand glove”
    synonyms: right-hand
    right-handed
    using or intended for the right hand
  26. 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
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    left
    location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
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    right stage, stage right
    the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience
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    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  27. 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”
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    turn, turning
    the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  28. noun
    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
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    hand, manus, mitt, paw
    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  29. noun
    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
  30. adverb
    toward or on the right; also used figuratively
    “he looked right and left”
    “the party has moved right
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    left
    toward or on the left; also used figuratively
  31. adjective
    having the axis perpendicular to the base
    “a right angle”
    Synonyms:
    perpendicular
    intersecting at or forming right angles
  32. adjective
    (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
  33. verb
    put in or restore to an upright position
    “They righted the sailboat that had capsized”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  34. verb
    regain an upright or proper position
    “The capsized boat righted again”
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    change posture
    undergo a change in bodily posture
  35. noun
    those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    synonyms: right wing
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    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
  36. adjective
    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
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    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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