adj. right•er, right•est, n. adv. v.
1) in accordance with what is good, proper, or just:
right conduct[/ex]
2) in conformity with fact or reason:
the right answer[/ex]
3) correct in judgment, opinion, or action
4) appropriate; suitable:
to say the right thing[/ex]
5) most desirable:
the right time for a decision[/ex]
6) of, pertaining to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the east when the subject is facing north
(opposed to left I).
7) sound; sane:
in one's right mind[/ex]
8) in good health or spirits:
I haven't felt right in days[/ex]
9) principal, front, or upper:
right side up[/ex]
10) gov (often cap.) of or belonging to the political Right; having conservative or reactionary views in politics
11) socially desirable or influential:
know the right people[/ex]
12) straight:
a right line[/ex]
13) math. having an axis perpendicular to the base:
a right cone[/ex]
14) math. Math. pertaining to an element of a set that has a given property when placed on the right of an element or set of elements of the given set:
a right identity[/ex]
15) genuine; authentic:
the right owner[/ex]
16) something that is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.:
the right to free speech[/ex]
17) that which is morally, legally, or ethically proper:
to know right from wrong[/ex]
18) a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics
19) Sometimes, rights. the interest or ownership a person, group, or business has in property
20) the property itself or its value
21) bus Often, rights. the privilege of subscribing to a specified amount of a stock or bond issue, or the document certifying this privilege
22) that which is in accord with fact, reason, or propriety
23) the state or quality or an instance of being correct
24) the side that is normally opposite to that where the heart is:
to turn to the right[/ex]
25) a right-hand turn:
Make a right at the corner[/ex]
26) the one of a pair, as of shoes or gloves, that is shaped for, used by, or situated on the right side
27) gov the Right
a) individuals or groups advocating maintenance of the established political, social, or economic order
b) the conservative position held by these people
28) gov (usu. cap.)
a) the part of a legislative assembly, esp. in continental Europe, that is situated to the right of the presiding officer
b) the more conservative members of such an assembly, who customarily sit in this part
29) spo a boxing blow delivered by the right hand
30) in a straight or direct line:
right to the bottom[/ex]
31) quite; completely:
My hat was knocked right off[/ex]
32) immediately; promptly:
right after dinner[/ex]
33) exactly; precisely:
right here[/ex]
34) correctly or accurately:
to guess right[/ex]
35) righteously; properly:
to live right[/ex]
36) advantageously or well:
to turn out right[/ex]
37) on or to the right:
to turn right[/ex]
38) Informal. very; extremely:
a right fine day[/ex]
39) (often cap.) very (used in certain titles):
The Right Reverend John Stewart[/ex]
40) to put in an upright position:
to right a fallen lamp[/ex]
41) to bring into conformity with fact; correct:
to right one's point of view[/ex]
42) to do justice to; avenge:
to be righted in court[/ex]
43) to redress:
to right a wrong[/ex]
44) to resume an upright or proper position
Etymology: bef. 900; (n. and adj.) ME; OE riht; akin to L rēctus, OIr recht law, Gk orektós upright; (v.) ME; OE rihtan; (adv.) ME; OE rihte right′er, n. right′ness, n. usage: right in the sense of “very, extremely” is neither old-fashioned nor dialectal. It is most common in informal speech and writing: You know right well what I mean. Its use in formal contexts can be regarded as inappropriate or erroneous.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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