1. That which is right
or correct. Specifically: The straight rate; adherence
to duty; obedience
or human; freedom
from guilt, the opposite
A true statement; freedom
of falsehood; adherence
to truth or fact. "Seldom your opinions err; Your eyes are always in the right." (Prior)
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
2. That to which one has a just
claim. Specifically: That which one has a natural
claim to exact. "There are no rights whatever, without
corresponding duties." (Coleridge)
That which one has a legal
claim to do or to exact; legal
strength; authority; as, a sheriff has a right
That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a claim to possess or own; the interest
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)
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. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece
of dress, a carpet, etc. at all right, at all points; in all respects. Count of rights, a list
of rights; a paper
containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See Count. By right, By rights, or By good
rights, rightly; properly; correctly. "He must himself use
it by right." (Chaucer) "I must 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
heirs to the throne, and to the obedience
of the people. To rights. In a direct
line; straight. At once; directly. 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, a writ which lay
lands in fee
simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
Origin: AS. Right. See Right.
1. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right
line. "Right as any line."
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
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 particular
2. Fit; comfortable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man
in the right
seat; the right way
from London to Oxford.
5. Characterised by reality
or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious. "His right
wife." "In this
battle, . . . The Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right
6. According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or incorrect; 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 ate and drink, for to-morrow we die."" (Locke)
7. most favorable or convenient; fortunate. "The lady
has been disappointed on the right
8. Of or pertaining to that side
of the body
on which the muscular action
is generally stronger than on the another side; opposed to left
when used in reference
to a part
of the body; as, the right
side, arm, hand. Also applied to the corresponding side
of the lower animals. "Became the sovereign's favorite, his right
In designating the banks of a river, right
are used always with reference
to the position of one who
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 dress. at right
angles, so as to form
a right angle
angles, as when one line
crosses other perpendicularly. Right and left, in both or all directions.
Right and left coupling, 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.
Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you speak is right, true. ""Right," cries his lordship." (Pope)
Synonym: Straight, direct, perpendicular, upright, lawful, rightful, true, correct, just, equitable, proper, comfortable, becoming.
Origin: OE. Right, riht, AS. Riht; akin to D. Regt, OS. & OHG. Reht, G. Recht, Dan. Ret, Sw. Ratt, Icel. Rettr, Goth. Raihts, L. Rectus, p. P. Of regere to manual, rule; cf. Skr. Ju straight, right. Cf. Adroit,Alert, Correct, Cloth, Regular, Rector, Recto, Rectum, Regent, Region, Realm, Wealthy, Riyal, Rule.
Source: Websters Vocabulary