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right (abstraction)

Definition:

an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

rights

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people" - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • a right isn't something that somebody gives you; it's something that nobody can take away
  • They're endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

Etymology:

Middle English right ("right"), from Old English riht, reht ("right"), from...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of right...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Relative direction | relative directions | left | right | forward(s) | backward(s) | up | down | egocentric coordinates

for right and left. Forward and backward may be defined by referring to an object or person's motion. Forward is defined as the direction in which the object is moving. Backward is then defined as the opposite direction to forward. Alternatively, ... (41 of 1269 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

right | in one's right mind [sense-specific] | she'll be right [sense-specific] | the right side of [sense-specific] | too right [sense-specific] | right, left, and centre [sense-specific] | right off the bat [sense-specific] | the right [sense-specific] | by right [sense-specific] | ...

in accordance with accepted standards of moral or legal behaviour, justice, etc | in accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct or true | ... (22 of 1295 words, 57 definitions, 39 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/right

Oxford Dictionary:

right | the Right | dead [North American] | not [North American] | as [North American] | by right [North American] | set [North American] | she'll be [North American] | rights [North American] | ...

morally good, justified, or acceptable | true or correct as a fact | [predicate] : correct in one's opinion or judgement | according to what is ... (23 of 1135 words, 59 definitions, 64 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/right

Random House Dictionary:

right | righter [comparative] | rightest [superlative] | Right [sense-specific] | too right [sense-specific] | the Right [sense-specific] | by rights [sense-specific] | in one's own right [sense-specific] | in the right [sense-specific] | ...

in accordance with what is good, proper, or just. | in conformity with fact, reason, truth, or some standard or principle; correct. | correct in ... (23 of 1035 words, 62 definitions, 48 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/right

Macmillan British Dictionary:

right [noun] | rights [plural] | the right | the Right | animal rights | be in the right | be within your rights to do something | by right/as of right | by rights | ...

[uncountable] behaviour that is considered good or moral | [countable] something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have | "rights": ... (22 of 809 words, 17 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [adjective] | as right as rain | give your right arm for something/to do something | in the right place at the right time | no one in their right mind would do something | not in your right mind/not right in the head | put/set someone right | she'll be right | a step in the right direction | ...

if something is right, it's correct according to the facts ; if someone is right, they are correct in their opinion or explanation | morally correct | ... (25 of 670 words, 21 definitions, 35 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right | right and left | right away | right now | someone will be right with you/right there

exactly | immediately | all the way | completely | in the direction of your right side | correctly, or accurately | in the way that you would normally ... (23 of 246 words, 13 definitions, 19 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [interjection] | right on | too right

used for making someone pay attention before you say something | used for saying that you have finished one thing and are going to do something else | ... (26 of 228 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [transitive, verb] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present] | right a wrong

to put someone or something back into their usual upright position | to make something go back into the state or situation that you would normally ... (25 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

right | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present] | righter [comparative] | rightest [superlative] | Right [sense-specific] | right wing [sense-specific]

Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality | In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct | Fitting, proper, or appropriate | ... (21 of 741 words, 46 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/right

New World Dictionary:

right

[obsolete] not curved; straight: now only in mathematics | formed by, or with reference to, a straight line or plane perpendicular to a base ; having ... (25 of 586 words, 37 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/right

Merriam-Webster:

right [entry 1, adjective] | Right [sense-specific] | correct [synonym, sense-specific] | straight [synonym, sense-specific] | suitable [synonym, sense-specific] | genuine [synonym, sense-specific] | righteous [synonym, sense-specific] | appropriate [synonym, sense-specific] | preferable [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"righteous", "upright" | being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper | conforming to facts or truth; "correct" | "suitable", "appropriate" ... (20 of 485 words, 13 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/right

right [entry 2, noun] | Right [sense-specific] | by rights | in one's own right | of right | to rights | rights [plural] | properly [synonym, sense-specific] | appanage [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval | ... (22 of 442 words, 14 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/right show=1

right [entry 3, adverb] | precisely [synonym, sense-specific] | directly [synonym, sense-specific] | truly [synonym, sense-specific] | immediately [synonym, sense-specific] | very [synonym, sense-specific] | straight [synonym, sense-specific] | due [synonym, sense-specific] | full [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

according to right | in the exact location, position, or moment; "precisely" | in a suitable, proper, or desired manner | in a direct line, course, or ... (24 of 293 words, 9 definitions, 12 usage examples)

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right [entry 4, verb] | avenge [synonym, sense-specific] | justify [synonym, sense-specific] | vindicate [synonym, sense-specific] | righter [noun, related]

to do justice to; redress the injuries of ; "justify", "vindicate" | "avenge" | to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition ; to bring or ... (26 of 146 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/right show=3

Wiktionary:

right | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present] | rightest [superlative] | correct [synonym, sense-specific] | just [synonym, sense-specific] | dexter [synonym, sense-specific] | dextral [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] Straight, not bent. | Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines. | Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true. | Appropriate, perfectly ... (37 of 385 words, 27 definitions, 32 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/right

Cambridge Dictionary:

right [entry 1]

correct | If you are right about something or someone, you are correct in your judgment or statement about it or them (21 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/right 1

right [entry 2] | the right way round/up | right way round | right way up | the right way around/up | right way around

suitable or correct, or as it should be | describes a person who is considered to be socially important or a place that such people go to | "the right ... (28 of 126 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/right 2

right [entry 3, after verb]

considered fair or morally acceptable by most people (8 of 63 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 4]

healthy, or working correctly (4 of 30 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 5, usually before noun]

[informal] used for emphasizing when something is bad (8 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 6]

on or towards the side of your body that is to the east when you are facing north (18 of 79 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/right 6

right [entry 7, singular]

the right side (3 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/right 7

right [entry 8] | the right

political parties or people that have traditional opinions, and who believe in low taxes, private ownership of property and industry, and less help ... (23 of 53 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 9] | in the right | within your rights | rights | put/set something to rights | put something to rights | set something to rights

what is considered to be morally good or acceptable | "in the right": If you are in the right, what you are doing is morally or legally correct. | the ... (28 of 216 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 10, informal]

used to express agreement with someone or to show that you have understood what someone has said | said when you want to make a group of people notice ... (28 of 100 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 11] | right away/now | right away | right now

exactly or all the way | used for emphasis | "right away/now": immediately | "right now": at the present time (17 of 82 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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right [entry 12]

used as part of the title of particular people, such as bishops and some members of Parliament (17 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/right 12

right [entry 13]

correctly (1 of 14 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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right [entry 14] | go right

If something goes right, it's successful or happens in a way that you hoped it would (16 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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right [entry 15]

[formal] If you right a situation or a mistake, you make it better or correct it | If a boat rights itself, it turns itself back to its correct ... (28 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

right [political philosophy]

portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French ... (20 of 68 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1384947​/right

Columbia Encyclopedia:

right

in politics, the more conservative groups in the political spectrum, in contrast to the radical left and the liberal center. The designation stems ... (23 of 59 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0841902​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

right | rights [plural] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rt. [abbreviation]

accurate, or consistent with the facts or general belief | holding a correct opinion about somebody or something | correct with regard to use, ... (22 of 1038 words, 38 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702764​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

right | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English right ("right"), from Old English riht, reht ("right"), from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz ... | Old English rihtan ("to straighten, judge, set upright, set right"), from riht, from the same... (29 of 112 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/right

New World Dictionary:

right

Origin: Middle English from Old English riht, straight, direct, right, akin ... | Middle English from Old English rihte (17 of 41 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/right

American Heritage Dictionary:

right | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present] | righter [comparative] | rightest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English riht; see reg- in Indo-European roots. N., ... from the fact that conservatives sit on the right ... (22 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/right

Oxford Dictionary:

right | the Right | dead [North American] | not [North American] | as [North American] | by right [North American] | set [North American] | she'll be [North American] | rights [North American] | ...

Origin: Old English riht (adjective and noun), rihtan (verb), rihte (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Latin rectus "ruled", ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/right

Collins Dictionary:

right

Origin: Old English riht, reoht; related to Old High German reht, Gothic raihts, Latin rēctus

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/right

Merriam-Webster:

right [entry 1, adjective] | Right [sense-specific]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English riht; akin to Old High German reht right, Latin rectus straight, right, regere to lead ... (23 of 34 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/right

right [entry 2, noun] | Right [sense-specific]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English riht, from riht, adjective

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/right show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

right | rights [plural] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle]

Origin: Old English riht from Indo-European, "go straight"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702764​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

right | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "right"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "right"

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Collins Dictionary:

right

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

right [noun] | rights [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "right"

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right [adjective]

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right

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right [interjection]

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right [transitive, verb] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "right"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

right [noun] | rights [plural]

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right [adjective]

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right

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right [interjection]

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right [transitive, verb] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | rights [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "right"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/right 118

Cambridge Dictionary:

right [entry 9]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "right"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "right"

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the Free Dictionary:

right

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Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "right"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "right" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

right | rights [plural] | righted [past tense] | righting [present participle] | righter [comparative] | rightest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "right"

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R.T.

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

right

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YourDictionary Audio:

right

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freedictionary.org:

Right

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