One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be morally or legally justified in one's views or actions.‘Sean was not going to apologize as he believed he was in the right’
- ‘Rather, it is often the case that both parties to a dispute genuinely believe themselves to be in the right, and would be happy to make their cases in front of a disinterested third party.’
- ‘They always believe themselves to be in the right, no matter how much wickedness they are mired in.’
- ‘If the child senses your mixed feelings, he may convince himself that he was in the right all along and you are the ‘bad’ one.’
- ‘He might have been congratulating himself, but one would have to completely ignore his actions to believe that he was in the right.’
- ‘Arguments aside for a moment, here's my basic two cents on the subject: history is full of examples of people who carried out such actions believing themselves to be in the right.’
- ‘Yet I feel I was in the right, I was only a few minutes late.’
- ‘He ruled with a rod of iron, but he was very fair, and would defend his workmen to the hilt if he thought they were in the right.’
- ‘It is a general courtesy in life to apologize for offending someone, even if you think you were in the right.’
- ‘I talked to a few people about it and they felt I was in the right.’
- ‘Morally, the Americans were in the right - but they also had greater military success.’
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