(1)   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"
"He is not a suitable husband for her"
(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"
(3)   Correct in opinion or judgment
"Time proved him right"
(4)   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"
(5)   Having the axis perpendicular to the base
"A right angle"
(6)   Socially right or correct
"It isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"
"Correct behavior"
(7)   In accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure
"What's the right word for this?"
"The right way to open oysters"
(8)   Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
(9)   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"
(10)   In conformance with justice or law or morality
"Do the right thing and confess"
(11)   In or into a satisfactory condition
"Things are right again now"
"Put things right"


(12)   (Southern regional intensive) very
"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"
(13)   Exactly
"He fell flop on his face"
(14)   Immediately
"She called right after dinner"
(15)   An interjection expressing agreement
(16)   In the right manner
"Please do your job properly!"
"Can't you carry me decent?"
(17)   In a correct manner
"He guessed right"
(18)   Precisely, exactly
"Stand right here!"
(19)   Completely
"She felt right at home"
"He fell right into the trap"
(20)   In accordance with moral or social standards
"That serves him right"
"Do right by him"
(21)   Toward or on the right; also used figuratively
"He looked right and left"
"The party has moved right"


(22)   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"
(23)   The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
(24)   Anything in accord with principles of justice
"He feels he is in the right"
"The rightfulness of his claim"
(25)   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"

Etymology 1

, from Germanic *rekhtaz, from Indo-European *reg-to- ‘having moved in a straight line’. An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with Dutch recht, German recht/Recht, Swedish rätt, and Norwegian rett. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek ὀρεκτός, Latin rectus and the Sanskrit ṛtá (ऋत)


  1. Straight, not bent.
  2. Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
    The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall.
  3. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
    I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along.
  4. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
    Is this the right software for my computer?
  5. Healthy, sane, competent.
    I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind.
  6. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: →
    After the accident, her right leg was slighly shorter than her left.
  7. To a great extent or degree.
    Sir, I am right glad to meet you...
    Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
    The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci
  8. Pertaining to the political right; conservative.


  1. Yes. Correct. I agree.
  2. Yes. I agree with whatever you say. I have no opinion.
  3. Signpost word used to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.


  1. That which complies with justice, law or reason.
    We're on the side of right in this contest.
  2. A legal or moral entitlement.
    You have no right to talk to me like that!
  3. The right side or direction.
    The pharamcy is just on the right past the bookshop.
  4. The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
    The political right holds too much power.

Etymology 2

, from , from the same ultimate source as Etymology 1, above.


  1. To correct
    Righting all the wrongs of the war will be impossible.
  2. To set upright
    The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
  3. To return to normal upright position.
    When the wind died down, the ship righted.


  1. Exactly, precisely.
    The arrow landed right in the middle of the target.
    Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film.
  2. Very, extremely, quite.
    I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I?
    I stubbed my toe a week ago and it still hurts right much.
    • Ann Hite, Ghost on Black Mountain,
      The fog was right hard to see through so I was on Tom Pritchard before I saw him.
  3. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really