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Right definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RIGHT, a. rite. [L. rectus, from the root of rego, properly to strain or stretch, whence straight.]
Properly; strained; stretched to straightness; hence,
1. Straight. A right line in geometry is the shortest line that can be drawn or imagined between two points. A right line may be horizontal, perpendicular, or inclined to the plane of the horizon.
2. In morals and religion, just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man's intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.
3. Fit; suitable; proper; becoming. In things indifferent, or which are regulated by no positive law, that is right which is best suited to the character, occasion or purpose, or which is fitted to produce some good effect. It is right for a rich man to dress himself and his family in expensive clothing, which it would not be right for a poor man to purchase. It is right for every man to choose his own time for eating or exercise.
Right is a relative term; what may be right for one end, may be wrong for another.
4. Lawful; as the right heir of an estate.
5. True; not erroneous or wrong; according to fact.
If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is certainly right, "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
6. Correct; passing a true judgment; not mistaken or wrong.
You are right, justice, and you weigh this well.
7. Not left; most convenient or dextrous; as the right hand, which is generally most strong or most convenient in use.
8. Most favorable or convenient.
The lady has been disappointed on the right side.
9. Properly placed, disposed or adjusted; orderly; well regulated.
10. Well performed, as an art or act.
11. Most direct; as the right way from London to Oxford.
12. Being on the same side as the right hand; as the right side.
13. Being on the right hand of a person whose face is towards the mouth of a river; as the right bank of the Hudson.
RIGHT, adv.
1. In a right or straight line; directly.
Let thine eyes look right on. Proverbs 4.
2. According to the law or will of God, or to the standard of truth and justice; as, to judge right.
3. According to any rule of art.
You with strict discipline instructed right.
4. According to fact or truth; as, to tell a story right.
5. In a great degree; very; as right humble; right noble; right valiant. [Obsolescent or inelegant.]
6. It is prefixed to titles; as in right honorable; right reverend.
RIGHT, is used elliptically for it is right, what you say is right, it is true, etc.
Right, cries his lordship.
On the right, on the side with the right hand.
1. Conformity to the will of God, or to his law, the perfect standard of truth and justice. In the literal sense, right is a straight line of conduct, and wrong a crooked one. Right therefore is rectitude or straightness, and perfect rectitude is found only in an infinite Being and his will.
2. Conformity to human laws, or to other human standard of truth, propriety or justice. When laws are definite, right and wrong are easily ascertained and understood. In arts, there are some principles and rules which determine what is right. In many things indifferent, or left without positive law, we are to judge what is right by fitness or propriety, by custom, civility or other circumstances.
3. Justice; that which is due or proper; as, to do right to every man.
Long love to her has borne the faithful knight, and well deserv'd had fortune done him right.
4. Freedom from error; conformity with truth or fact.
Seldom your opinions err, your eyes are always in the right.
5. Just claim; legal title; ownership; the legal power of exclusive possession and enjoyment. In hereditary monarchies, a right to the throne vests in the heir on the decease of the king. A deed vests the right of possession in the purchaser of land. Right and possession are very different things. We often have occasion to demand and sue for rights not in possession.
6. Just claim by courtesy, customs, or the principles of civility and decorum. Every man has a right to civil treatment. The magistrate has a right to respect.
7. Just claim by sovereignty; prerogative. God, as the author of all things, has a right to govern and dispose of them at his pleasure.
8. That which justly belongs to one.
Born free, he sought his right.
9. Property; interest.
A subject in his prince may claim a right.
10. Just claim; immunity; privilege. All men have a right to the secure enjoyment of life, personal safety, liberty and property. We deem the right of trial by jury invaluable, particularly in the case of crimes. Rights are natural, civil, political, religious, personal, and public.
11. Authority; legal power. We have no right to disturb others in the enjoyment of their religious opinions.
12. In the United States, a tract of land; or a share or proportion of property, as in a mine or manufactory.
13. The side opposite to the left; as on the right. Look to the right.
1. To rights, in a direct line; straight. [Unusual.]
2. Directly; soon.
To set to rights,
To put to rights, to put into good order; to adjust; to regulate what is out of order.
Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself.
Writ of right, a writ which lies to recover lands in fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
RIGHT, v.t.
1. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; as, to right an injured person.
2. In seamen's language, to right a ship, is to restore her to an upright position from a careen.
To right the helm, to place it in the middle of the ship.
RIGHT, v.i. To rise with the masts erect, as a ship.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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" [ant: left]
2: 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" [syn: correct, right] [ant: incorrect, wrong]
3: socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior" [syn: correct, right]
4: in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess" [ant: wrong]
5: correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right" [syn: right, correct] [ant: 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" [syn: proper, right]
7: of or belonging to the political or intellectual right [ant: center, left]
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" [syn: right, 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" [syn: correct, right]
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" [syn: good, right, ripe]
14: precisely accurate; "a veracious account" [syn: veracious, right] n
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: 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" [ant: left]
3: the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right [syn: right field, rightfield, right]
4: those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged [syn: right, right wing]
5: 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" [syn: right, right hand]
6: 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"
7: anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim" [syn: right, rightfulness] [ant: wrong, wrongfulness]
8: (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights" v
1: make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust" [syn: right, compensate, redress, correct] [ant: 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" [syn: correct, rectify, right] [ant: falsify] adv
1: precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"
2: immediately; "she called right after dinner"
3: exactly; "he fell flop on his face" [syn: right, flop]
4: toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right" [ant: left]
5: in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?" [syn: properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right way] [ant: improperly]
6: an interjection expressing agreement [syn: right, right on]
7: completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the trap"
8: (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree; "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"; "they rejoiced mightily" [syn: mighty, mightily, powerful, right]
9: in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves him right"; "do right by him" [syn: justly, right]
10: in an accurate manner; "the flower had been correctly depicted by his son"; "he guessed right" [syn: correctly, right, aright] [ant: incorrectly, wrong, wrongly]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead straight, direct, rule, rogare to ask, Greek oregein to stretch out Date: before 12th century 1. righteous, upright 2. being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper <right conduct> 3. conforming to facts or truth ; correct <the right answer> 4. suitable, appropriate <the right man for the job> 5. straight <a right line> 6. genuine, real 7. a. of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located b. located nearer to the right hand than to the left c. located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side d. (1) located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified <stage right> (2) located on the right when facing downstream <the right bank of a river> e. done with the right hand <a right hook to the jaw> 8. having the axis perpendicular to the base <right cone> 9. of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object <made sure the socks were right side out> 10. acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact <time proved her right> 11. a. being in good physical or mental health or order <not in his right mind> b. being in a correct or proper state <put things right> 12. most favorable or desired ; preferable; also socially acceptable <knew all the right people> 13. often capitalized of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics Synonyms: see correct rightness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective Date: before 12th century 1. qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval 2. something to which one has a just claim: as a. the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled <voting rights> <his right to decide> b. (1) the interest that one has in a piece of property often used in plural <mineral rights> (2) plural the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature <film rights of the novel> 3. something that one may properly claim as due <knowing the truth is her right> 4. the cause of truth or justice 5. a. right hand 1a; also a blow struck with this hand <gave him a hard right on the jaw> b. the location or direction of the right side <woods on his right> c. the part on the right side d. right field e. a turn to the right <take a right at the stop sign> 6. a. the true account or correct interpretation b. the quality or state of being factually correct 7. often capitalized a. the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer b. the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members 8. a. often capitalized individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies b. often capitalized a conservative position 9. a. a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price b. the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege usually used in plural rightmost adjective III. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. according to right <live right> 2. in the exact location, position, or moment ; precisely <right at his fingertips> <quit right then and there> 3. in a suitable, proper, or desired manner <knew he wasn't doing it right> 4. in a direct line, course, or manner ; directly, straight <go right home> <came right out and said it> 5. according to fact or truth ; truly <guessed right> 6. a. all the way <windows right to the floor> b. in a complete manner <felt right at home> 7. without delay ; immediately <right after lunch> 8. to a great degree ; very <a right pleasant day> 9. on or to the right <looked left and right> IV. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to do justice to ; redress the injuries of <so just is God to right the innocent Shakespeare> b. justify, vindicate <felt the need to right himself in court> 2. avenge <vows to right the injustice done to his family> 3. a. to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition <right the economy> b. to bring or restore to an upright position <right a capsized boat> intransitive verb to become upright righter noun

Britannica Concise

Portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French revolutionary parliament (c.1790s) in which the conservative representatives sat to the presiding officer's right. In the 19th cent., the term applied to conservatives who supported authority, tradition, and property. In the 20th cent. a divergent, radical form developed that was associated with fascism. See also left.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj., n., v., adv., & int. --adj. 1 (of conduct etc.) just, morally or socially correct (it is only right to tell you; I want to do the right thing). 2 true, correct; not mistaken (the right time; you were right about the weather). 3 less wrong or not wrong (which is the right way to town?). 4 more or most suitable or preferable (the right person for the job; along the right lines). 5 in a sound or normal condition; physically or mentally healthy; satisfactory (the engine doesn't sound right). 6 a on or towards the side of the human body which corresponds to the position of east if one regards oneself as facing north. b on or towards that part of an object which is analogous to a person's right side or (with opposite sense) which is nearer to a spectator's right hand. 7 (of a side of fabric etc.) meant for display or use (turn it right side up). 8 colloq. or archaic real; properly so called (made a right mess of it; a right royal welcome). --n. 1 that which is morally or socially correct or just; fair treatment (often in pl.: the rights and wrongs of the case). 2 (often foll. by to, or to + infin.) a justification or fair claim (has no right to speak like that). 3 a thing one may legally or morally claim; the state of being entitled to a privilege or immunity or authority to act (a right of reply; human rights). 4 the right-hand part or region or direction. 5 Boxing a the right hand. b a blow with this. 6 (often Right) Polit. a a group or section favouring conservatism (orig. the more conservative section of a continental legislature, seated on the president's right). b such conservatives collectively. 7 the side of a stage which is to the right of a person facing the audience. 8 (esp. in marching) the right foot. 9 the right wing of an army. --v.tr. 1 (often refl.) restore to a proper or straight or vertical position. 2 a correct (mistakes etc.); set in order. b avenge (a wrong or a wronged person); make reparation for or to. c vindicate, justify, rehabilitate. --adv. 1 straight (go right on). 2 colloq. immediately; without delay (I'll be right back; do it right now). 3 a (foll. by to, round, through, etc.) all the way (sank right to the bottom; ran right round the block). b (foll. by off, out, etc.) completely (came right off its hinges; am right out of butter). 4 exactly, quite (right in the middle). 5 justly, properly, correctly, truly, satisfactorily (did not act right; not holding it right; if I remember right). 6 on or to the right side. 7 archaic very; to the full (am right glad to hear it; dined right royally). --int. colloq. expressing agreement or assent. Phrases and idioms: as right as rain perfectly sound and healthy. at right angles placed to form a right angle. by right (or rights) if right were done. do right by act dutifully towards (a person). in one's own right through one's own position or effort etc. in the right having justice or truth on one's side. in one's right mind sane; competent to think and act. of (or as of) right having legal or moral etc. entitlement. on the right side of 1 in the favour of (a person etc.). 2 somewhat less than (a specified age). put (or set) right 1 restore to order, health, etc. 2 correct the mistaken impression etc. of (a person). put (or set) to rights make correct or well ordered. right about (or about-turn or about-face) 1 a right turn continued to face the rear. 2 a reversal of policy. 3 a hasty retreat. right and left (or right, left, and centre) on all sides. right angle an angle of 90, made by lines meeting with equal angles on either side. right-angled 1 containing or making a right angle. 2 involving right angles, not oblique. right arm one's most reliable helper. right ascension see ASCENSION. right away (or off) immediately. right bank the bank of a river on the right facing downstream. right bower see BOWER(3). right field Baseball the part of the outfield to the right of the batter as he faces the pitcher. right hand 1 = right-hand man. 2 the most important position next to a person (stand at God's right hand). right-hand adj. 1 on or towards the right side of a person or thing (right-hand drive). 2 done with the right hand (right-hand blow). 3 (of a screw) = RIGHT-HANDED 4b. right-hand man an indispensable or chief assistant. Right Honourable Brit. a title given to certain high officials, e.g. Privy Counsellors. right-minded (or -thinking) having sound views and principles. right of search Naut. see SEARCH. right of way 1 a right established by usage to pass over another's ground. 2 a path subject to such a right. 3 the right of one vehicle to proceed before another. right oh! (or ho!) = RIGHTO. right on! colloq. an expression of strong approval or encouragement. a right one Brit. colloq. a silly or foolish person. Right Reverend see REVEREND. right sphere Astron. see SPHERE. right turn a turn that brings one's front to face as one's right side did before. right whale any large-headed whale of the family Balaenidae, rich in whalebone and easily captured. right wing 1 the right side of a football etc. team on the field. 2 the conservative section of a political party or system. right-wing adj. conservative or reactionary. right-winger a person on the right wing. right you are! colloq. an exclamation of assent. she's (or she'll be) right Austral. colloq. that will be all right. too right sl. an expression of agreement. within one's rights not exceeding one's authority or entitlement. Derivatives: rightable adj. righter n. rightish adj. rightless adj. rightlessness n. rightness n. Etymology: OE riht (adj.), rihtan (v.), rihte (adv.)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Right Right (r[imac]t), a. [OE. right, riht, AS. riht; akin to D. regt, OS. & OHG. reht, G. recht, Dan. ret, Sw. r["a]tt, Icel. r["e]ttr, Goth. ra['i]hts, L. rectus, p. p. of regere to guide, rule; cf. Skr. [.r]ju straight, right. [root]115. Cf. Adroit,Alert, Correct, Dress, Regular, Rector, Recto, Rectum, Regent, Region, Realm, Rich, Royal, Rule.] 1. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. ``Right as any line.'' --Chaucer 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. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. ``His right wife.'' --Chaucer. 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. Note: 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. [Colloq.] Right and left coupling (Pipe fitting), a coupling the opposite ends of which are tapped for a right-handed screw and a left-handed screw, respectivelly. Right angle. (a) The angle formed by one line meeting another perpendicularly, as the angles ABD, DBC. (b) (Spherics) A spherical angle included between the axes of two great circles whose planes are perpendicular to each other. Right ascension. See under Ascension. Right Center (Politics), those members belonging to the Center in a legislative assembly who have sympathies with the Right on political questions. See Center, n., 5. Right cone, Right cylinder, Right prism, Right pyramid (Geom.), a cone, cylinder, prism, or pyramid, the axis of which is perpendicular to the base. Right line. See under Line. Right sailing (Naut.), sailing on one of the four cardinal points, so as to alter a ship's latitude or its longitude, but not both. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. Right sphere (Astron. & Geol.), 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. Note: Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you say is right, true. ``Right,'' cries his lordship. --Pope. Syn: Straight; direct; perpendicular; upright; lawful; rightful; true; correct; just; equitable; proper; suitable; becoming.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Right Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide. Unto Dian's temple goeth she right. --Chaucer. Let thine eyes look right on. --Prov. iv. 25. Right across its track there lay, Down in the water, a long reef of gold. --Tennyson. 3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.] Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak. 4. According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right. 5. According to any rule of art; correctly. You with strict discipline instructed right. --Roscommon. 6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. ``Right at mine own cost.'' --Chaucer. Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer. His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught. --Fairfax. 7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. ``He was not right fat''. --Chaucer. For which I should be right sorry. --Tyndale. [I] return those duties back as are right fit. --Shak. Note: In this sense now chiefly prefixed to titles; as, right honorable; right reverend. Right honorable, a title given in England to peers and peeresses, to the eldest sons and all daughters of such peers as have rank above viscounts, and to all privy councilors; also, to certain civic officers, as the lord mayor of London, of York, and of Dublin.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Right Right, n. [AS. right. See Right, a.] 1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, -- the opposite of moral wrong. (b) 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. (c) 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: (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact. There are no rights whatever, without corresponding duties. --Coleridge. (b) 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. (c) 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. (d) 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. 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. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See under 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. (a) In a direct line; straight. [R.] --Woodward. (b) At once; directly. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Swift. 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 (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner. --Blackstone.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Right Right, v. i. 1. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright. 2. (Naut.) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Right Right, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Righted; p. pr. & vb. n. Righting.] [AS. rihtan. See Right, a.] 1. 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. 2. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate. So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak. All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. --Jefferson. To right a vessel (Naut.), to restore her to an upright position after careening. To right the helm (Naut.), to place it in line with the keel.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Right is used in some British titles. It indicates high rank or status. ...The Right Reverend John Baker. ...the Right Honourable Lynn Jones MP. ADV: ADV adj

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

I. CORRECT, APPROPRIATE, OR ACCEPTABLE (rights, righting, righted) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. Please look at category 16 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword. 1. If something is right, it is correct and agrees with the facts. That's absolutely right... Clocks never told the right time... The barman tells me you saw Ann on Tuesday morning. Is that right? = correct ? wrong ADJ Right is also an adverb. He guessed right about some things. ADV: ADV after v rightly She attended one meeting only, if I remember rightly. ADV: ADV after v 2. If you do something in the right way or in the right place, you do it as or where it should be done or was planned to be done. Walking, done in the right way, is a form of aerobic exercise... The chocolate is then melted down to exactly the right temperature. = correct ? wrong ADJ: usu ADJ n Right is also an adverb. To make sure I did everything right, I bought a fat instruction book. = correctly ADV: ADV after v 3. If you say that someone is seen in all the right places or knows all the right people, you mean that they go to places which are socially acceptable or know people who are socially acceptable. He was always to be seen in the right places... ? wrong ADJ: usu ADJ n 4. If someone is right about something, they are correct in what they say or think about it. Ron has been right about the result of every General Election but one... ? wrong ADJ rightly He rightly assumed that the boy was hiding. ADV 5. If something such as a choice, action, or decision is the right one, it is the best or most suitable one. She'd made the right choice in leaving New York... The right decision was made, but probably for the wrong reasons... ? wrong ADJ rightly She hoped she'd decided rightly. ADV: ADV with v 6. If something is not right, there is something unsatisfactory about the situation or thing that you are talking about. Ratatouille doesn't taste right with any other oil... ? wrong ADJ: v-link ADJ, with brd-neg 7. If you think that someone was right to do something, you think that there were good moral reasons why they did it. You were right to do what you did, under the circumstances... ? wrong ADJ: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf rightly The crowd screamed for a penalty but the referee rightly ignored them... ADV: ADV before v, ADV with cl 8. Right is used to refer to activities or actions that are considered to be morally good and acceptable. It's not right, leaving her like this... ? wrong ADJ: v-link ADJ, oft with brd-neg Right is also a noun. At least he knew right from wrong. N-UNCOUNT rightness Many people have very strong opinions about the rightness or wrongness of abortion. N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n 9. If you right something or if it rights itself, it returns to its normal or correct state, after being in an undesirable state. They recognise the urgency of righting the economy... Your eyesight rights itself very quickly. VERB: V n, V pron-refl 10. If you right a wrong, you do something to make up for a mistake or something bad that you did in the past. We've made progress in righting the wrongs of the past... = rectify VERB: V n 11. If you right something that has fallen or rolled over, or if it rights itself, it returns to its normal upright position. He righted the yacht and continued the race... The helicopter turned at an awful angle before righting itself. VERB: V n, V pron-refl 12. The right side of a material is the side that is intended to be seen and that faces outwards when it is made into something. ? wrong ADJ: ADJ n 13. If you say that things are going right, you mean that your life or a situation is developing as you intended or expected and you are pleased with it. I can't think of anything in my life that's going right... PHRASE: V inflects 14. If someone has behaved in a way which is morally or legally right, you can say that they are in the right. You usually use this expression when the person is involved in an argument or dispute. She wasn't entirely in the right... ? in the wrong PHRASE: usu v-link PHR 15. If you put something right, you correct something that was wrong or that was causing problems. We've discovered what's gone wrong and are going to put it right. PHRASE: V inflects 16. heart in the right place: see heart it serves you right: see serve on the right side of: see side II. DIRECTION AND POLITICAL GROUPINGS Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. Note: The spelling 'Right' is also used for meaning 3. 1. The right is one of two opposite directions, sides, or positions. If you are facing north and you turn to the right, you will be facing east. In the word 'to', the 'o' is to the right of the 't'. Ahead of you on the right will be a lovely garden... ? left N-SING: usu the N Right is also an adverb. Turn right into the street. ADV: ADV after v 2. Your right arm, leg, or ear, for example, is the one which is on the right side of your body. Your right shoe or glove is the one which is intended to be worn on your right foot or hand. ? left ADJ: ADJ n 3. You can refer to people who support the political ideals of capitalism and conservatism as the right. They are often contrasted with the left, who support the political ideals of socialism. The Tory Right despise him... ? left N-SING-COLL: the N 4. If you say that someone has moved to the right, you mean that their political beliefs have become more right-wing. They see the shift to the right as a worldwide phenomenon. ? left N-SING: the N 5. If someone is at a person's right hand, they work closely with that person so they can help and advise them. I think he ought to be at the right hand of the president. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR III. ENTITLEMENT (rights) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. Your rights are what you are morally or legally entitled to do or to have. They don't know their rights... You must stand up for your rights. N-PLURAL: usu poss N 2. If you have a right to do or to have something, you are morally or legally entitled to do it or to have it. ...a woman's right to choose... N-SING: usu N to-inf 3. If someone has the rights to a story or book, they are legally allowed to publish it or reproduce it in another form, and nobody else can do so without their permission. An agent bought the rights to his life... He'd tried to buy the film rights of all George Bernard Shaw's plays. N-PLURAL: the N, usu with supp 4. If something is not the case but you think that it should be, you can say that by rights it should be the case. She did work which by rights should be done by someone else. PHRASE: PHR with cl 5. If someone is a successful or respected person in their own right, they are successful or respected because of their own efforts and talents rather than those of the people they are closely connected with. Although now a celebrity in her own right, actress Lynn Redgrave knows the difficulties of living in the shadow of her famous older sister... PHRASE: usu n adj PHR 6. If you say that you reserve the right to do something, you mean that you will do it if you feel that it is necessary. He reserved the right to change his mind... PHRASE: V inflects, PHR to-inf 7. If you say that someone is within their rights to do something, you mean that they are morally or legally entitled to do it. You were quite within your rights to refuse to co-operate with him. = justified PHRASE: usu v-link PHR IV. DISCOURSE USES Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. You use right in order to attract someone's attention or to indicate that you have dealt with one thing so you can go on to another. (SPOKEN) Right, I'll be back in a minute... ADV: ADV cl 2. You can use right to check whether what you have just said is correct. (SPOKEN) They have a small plane, right? CONVENTION 3. You can say 'right' to show that you are listening to what someone is saying and that you accept it or understand it. (SPOKEN) 'Your children may well come away speaking with a bit of a broad country accent''Right.''because they're mixing with country children.' = yes ADV: ADV as reply 4. see also all right V. USED FOR EMPHASIS Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. You can use right to emphasize the precise place, position, or time of something. The back of a car appeared right in front of him. ...a charming resort right on the Italian frontier... ADV: ADV adv/prep [emphasis] 2. You can use right to emphasize how far something moves or extends or how long it continues. ...the highway that runs through the Indian zone right to the army positions... She was kept very busy right up to the moment of her departure... ADV: ADV prep/adv [emphasis] 3. You can use right to emphasize that an action or state is complete. The candle had burned right down... The handle came right off in my hand. ADV: ADV adv/prep [emphasis] 4. You can use right to emphasize a noun, usually a noun referring to something bad. (BRIT INFORMAL) He gave them a right telling off... = real ADJ: ADJ n [emphasis] 5. If you say that something happened right after a particular time or event or right before it, you mean that it happened immediately after or before it. All of a sudden, right after the summer, Mother gets married... = just ADV: ADV prep/adv [emphasis] 6. If you say I'll be right there or I'll be right back, you mean that you will get to a place or get back to it in a very short time. I'm going to get some water. I'll be right back. ADV: ADV adv [emphasis] 7. If you do something right away or right off, you do it immediately. (INFORMAL) He wants to see you right away... Right off I want to confess that I was wrong. = straight away PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl [emphasis] 8. You can use right now to emphasize that you are referring to the present moment. (INFORMAL) I'm warning you; stop it right now! PHRASE: PHR with cl [emphasis]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

rit (yashar, mishpaT; dikaios, euthus): Many Hebrew words are translated "right," with different shades of meaning. Of these the two noted are the most important: yashar, with the sense of being straight, direct, as "right in the sight" of Yahweh (Ex 15:26; De 12:25, etc.), in one's own eyes (Jud 17:6), "right words" (Job 6:25 the King James Version, yosher), "right paths" (Pr 4:11 the King James Version); and mishpaT "judgment" "cause" etc., a forensic term, as "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Ge 18:25). In Job 34:17, the Revised Version (British and American) has "justice" (34:6, "right"), etc. The word tsedheq, tsedhaqah, ordinarily translated "righteousness," are in a few cases rendered "right" (2Sa 19:28; Ne 2:20; Ps 9:4; 17:1; 119:75; Eze 18:5, etc.). In the New Testament the chief word is dikaios, primarily "even," "equal" (Mt 20:4; Lu 12:57, etc.); more generally the word is rendered "just" and "righteous." Euthus, used by Septuagint for yashar (1Sa 12:23; Ho 14:9), occurs a few times (Ac 8:21; 13:10; 2Pe 2:15); so orthos, "straight," "upright" (Lu 10:28). "Right-hand" or "side" represents Hebrew yamin and kindred forms (Ge 48:13,14,17; Ex 15:6, etc.); the Greek, in this sense, is dexios (Mt 6:3; 20:21, etc.).

Revised Version, among other changes, has "right" for the King James Version "judgment" in Job 27:2; 34:5, and for "right" in the King James Version substitutes "straight" in Ezr 8:21, "skillful" in Ec 4:4, margin "successful," etc. In Joh 1:12 the Revised Version (British and American) reads, "the right to become children of God" for the King James Version "the power" (exousia); in Mt 20:7,15 "right" is omitted, with the larger part of the verse. In 2Ti 2:15 "rightly dividing" (orthotomeo) is changed to "handling aright" with margin "holding a straight course in the word of truth. Or, rightly dividing the word of truth."

W. L. Walker

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Straight, direct, rectilinear, not crooked. 2. Upright, erect, not oblique, perpendicular. 3. Just, lawful, equitable, fair, rightful, honest, in accordance with duty, unswerving, upright. 4. Fit, suitable, seemly, proper, becoming, appropriate, as it should be, comme il faut. 5. Real, true, actual, unquestionable. 6. Correct, true, not erroneous, not mistaken. 7. Right-hand. 8. Outward. 9. Fortunate, most favorable. 10. Orderly, well-regulated, well-performed, correct. II. ad. 1. Directly, in a direct line. 2. Uprightly, equitably, fairly, lawfully, rightfully, rightly, justly. 3. Fitly, suitably, properly. 4. Correctly, truly. 5. Very, extremely, in a great degree. 6. Actually, truly, really, exactly, just. III. n. 1. Rectitude, uprightness, integrity, justice, equity, fairness, goodness, lawfulness, propriety, what ought to be, what should be. 2. Truth, correctness. 3. Prerogative, privilege. 4. Just claim, legal title, ownership. 5. Title, claim. 6. Property, interest. 7. Authority, legal power. IV. v. a. 1. Set upright. 2. Do justice to, relieve from wrong, see one righted, see justice done to one.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

All right! A favourite expression among thieves, to signify that all is as they wish, or proper for their purpose. All right, hand down the jemmy; every thing is in proper order, give me the crow.

Moby Thesaurus

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