Definition of right in English:

right

adjective

  • 1Morally good, justified, or acceptable:

    ‘I hope we're doing the right thing’
    [with infinitive] ‘you were quite right to criticize him’
    • ‘Rallies and legitimate demonstrations are right and proper ways of making their feelings known.’
    • ‘I am satisfied, however, that it would be right to allow this evidence to go before the jury.’
    • ‘To say a certain type of behaviour has evolved is not to say it is morally right.’
    • ‘Crucially, I also said he had done the right thing in recognising his errors and deciding to resign.’
    • ‘Conduct which is justified is right, or at least permissible, in the circumstances.’
    • ‘The company is certainly right not to allow its business decisions to be dictated by a single ratings agency.’
    • ‘Of course it is right that the legal profession should be accountable for its acts and defaults.’
    • ‘She said that by not accepting the money, she would be admitting they were right.’
    • ‘Supporters emphasise the fact that they are truly in love and it is right that they can finally be together.’
    • ‘This scenario no doubt raises questions as to whether it is morally right for a teacher to date a pupil.’
    • ‘It is enough to say that we have always contended that it is right and proper that that decision is in the hands of the judges.’
    • ‘I believe a change would not only be right for the CIU, but also morally right.’
    • ‘If they can do it in a way that they feel is morally and ethically right, that's fine.’
    • ‘Readers may think I am wrong, but morally we must behave as though I was right.’
    • ‘When we follow our conscience, we weigh the arguments and do what we recognise to be right.’
    • ‘What I'm saying is, is it actually right, is it morally the right reason to legalise the drug?’
    • ‘You have to decide what you believe is right and recognise it is a very heavy responsibility.’
    • ‘In all the circumstances, I do not think it would be right to allow Evans's conviction to stand.’
    • ‘In a civilised society, it can't be right to allow vulnerable people to effectively starve to death.’
    • ‘We demonise those that do not accept the system yet never question whether the system is right.’
    just, fair, equitable, good, upright, righteous, virtuous, proper, moral, morally justified, ethical, honourable, honest, principled
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  • 2True or correct as a fact:

    ‘I'm not sure I know the right answer’
    ‘her theories were proved right’
    • ‘While it is right that York is not preserved in formaldehyde, the sheer scale of development is troubling.’
    • ‘It's important to get the names of the various bits of our British islands and their inhabitants right.’
    • ‘He drew pictures instead of making calculations, and somehow got the right answers.’
    • ‘Public opinion is not always right, and it is frequently mistaken about military action.’
    • ‘Why would they wish to be seen as soft on drugs if they did not think their opinions were right?’
    • ‘To have a shot at winning the prizes all you have to do is give us the right answer to this question.’
    • ‘The Speaker is not a quizmaster who decides whether the right answer has been given to a question.’
    • ‘Yes, yes, everything you say is right and true, but something about it just didn't quite cut it.’
    • ‘Another reason I try to get my facts right is that putting ideas on paper gives them weight.’
    • ‘For certain kinds of mathematical problem, computers have no short cuts to the right answer.’
    • ‘My short answer to that question is that there is no clearly right answer to it.’
    • ‘It would be much better for all of us if they just gave us the choice, and the right facts.’
    • ‘We do not allow people a second try on a second question when they have so absurdly got it right the first time round.’
    • ‘Try a pop and movies quiz, with a prize for the child or group who gets the most answers right.’
    • ‘Did Hemingway know the right answer and not reveal it before taking his own life?’
    • ‘In my opinion, however, that is not the right conclusion to be reached from those authorities.’
    • ‘Detailed answer feedback tells them what they got wrong, as well as highlighting the right answer.’
    • ‘Those who had written the right answers were thrilled when each result was announced.’
    • ‘Perhaps the answer is that both answers are right, but it all depends on which way you want to look at it.’
    • ‘Inland Revenue has the expertise and can ask the right questions to get the right answers.’
    correct, accurate, without error, unerring, exact, precise
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    1. 2.1[predicative] Correct in one's opinion or judgement:
      ‘she was right about Tom having no money’
      • ‘Socialist Review was right to say last month that confidence is beginning to return to the rank and file.’
      • ‘Again the government admitted, before the election, that its critics were right.’
      • ‘Where she was not right was in justifying the higher rate poundage on lower rateable values in Scotland.’
      • ‘Not so, the masses are right to have their opinions and favourites - but that does not validate them.’
      • ‘I narrowed my eyes at him but let out a sigh and resigned myself to the fact that he was right.’
      • ‘Two years there from now too, the German historians will accept that we're right.’
      • ‘He is absolutely right in saying that local children would benefit as the nearest play park is at least half a mile away.’
      • ‘Manet thought his wife didn't fit into the picture; as a matter of fact he was probably right.’
      • ‘I was sexually abused as a child by a relative and Mr Hearld is absolutely right, the effect never leaves you.’
      • ‘If the US is right, the doctrine is now established as part of the law of nations.’
      • ‘The effect on his colleagues would have been only mildly eased by the fact that Laplace was right!’
      • ‘Mr Houseman is absolutely right to claim that the rateable system is unfair.’
      • ‘North Yorkshire police are right to re-emphasise today that this is one of the safest places to live.’
      • ‘With the exception of Jonny Wilkinson's superb try in the third Test, he is absolutely right.’
      • ‘In this respect, the Sangh Parivar is quite right in saying that facts do not matter.’
      • ‘In my opinion, the Judge was right in the decision which he reached on the Second Issue.’
      • ‘However strongly a person may feel that he or she is right, human memory is notoriously fallible.’
      • ‘North and East Yorkshire councils are right to exercise caution in reopening rights of way.’
      • ‘If the government is right it has no reason to fear removing ministers entirely from the judgment process.’
      • ‘If we prove right in our judgments, that would bear out in how events transpire.’
      correct, accurate, without error, unerring, exact, precise
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    2. 2.2 According to what is correct for a particular situation:
      ‘is this the right way to the cottage?’
      ‘you're not holding it the right way up’
      • ‘It involves distorting an image so that it is unrecognisable unless viewed in the right way.’
      • ‘It's easy to listen to, but difficult to perform with the right balance, sound and atmosphere.’
      • ‘Just outside the forming neutron star conditions are right for this kind of nuclear alchemy.’
      • ‘He argues that the two officers who had failed to make a match did so because they were not given the right conditions to do so.’
      • ‘He turned 29 three days ago and could probably do a job for England in the right conditions.’
      • ‘I realised that despite my best moral efforts I had not been able to sound the right chord.’
      • ‘On the surface it seems like the consultant had the right perspective of the situation.’
      • ‘He sounds just the right height to run the risk of encountering an accidental sharp elbow jab to the bridge of his nose.’
      • ‘Well, that's simply not the right way to think about the situation, according to Microsoft.’
      • ‘Tourism in York was now at about the right level according to the chairman of the English Tourism Board.’
      • ‘In the right conditions this is an incredible dive, but most of us found it terrifying on this occasion.’
      • ‘He knew exactly what everyone had to do, who had to run where to make the right pass for that situation.’
      • ‘There is a fear that they made the right noises to calm the situation down and now it has all gone quiet.’
      • ‘Part of being a truly smart person is to know which level is the right one at a given time.’
      • ‘He said people mistakenly believed that adding salt to water would create the right conditions.’
      • ‘His current slump in form, a rare happening again, has to be viewed in the right perspective.’
      • ‘The timing is right and the climatic conditions just perfect to try out some of the ideas we have.’
      • ‘Yesterday the various execs will all have sounded the right notes as they handled the various launches.’
      • ‘She nodded back at me and turned so we were both facing in the right direction, towards which we began to walk.’
      • ‘If our attitude is right and everything goes according to plan, we could cause an upset.’
    3. 2.3 Best or most appropriate for a particular situation:
      ‘he was clearly the right man for the job’
      ‘I was waiting for the right moment to ask him’
      • ‘Colin said that he would be keen to talk to anyone who thinks that they have the right kind of property in the area.’
      • ‘I suspect the firefighters would accept such a deal if it were presented in the right way.’
      • ‘Most right-minded people accept that there's a right time and place for a firework display.’
      • ‘Deciding the property was right for them, they put in an offer on the spot.’
      • ‘If you have the right elements at the right time, maybe it's true, anything can happen.’
      • ‘We would have to look at the prison rules and it would require a lot of work to achieve acceptance of people that this is the right way to go.’
      • ‘But honesty didn't seem right at the moment.’
      • ‘Something doesn't seem quite right at the very start of this disaster.’
      • ‘She was very calm, knew what she was doing and brought it to the attention of the right authorities.’
      • ‘Sometimes it can be genuinely disabling without the right treatment, if a nerve is trapped or a disc is bulging.’
      • ‘The style Maudslay employed is deliberately a little archaic, and in my judgement exactly right.’
      • ‘Bening plays the spirited Sue Barlow, a spinster who has waited to meet the right man.’
      • ‘Only by getting to know oneself can one make the right choices at crucial moments, Lee said.’
      • ‘Making the right decisions will allow the team to perform at its best.’
      • ‘The right exercises with the correct volumes and intensities will give you what you seek!’
      • ‘This goes beyond a matter of different opinions about who is right for the job.’
      • ‘For me, he was the right man at the right moment, and it doesn't surprise me that he is heading their next World Cup bid.’
      • ‘He was an outstanding communicator who offered the right briefing at the right moment.’
      • ‘Did they hold up in the face of criticism with the right combination of vulnerability and bravery?’
      • ‘The widow, who was 56 at the time, had been on plenty of dates but she still hadn't met the right man.’
      opportune, advantageous, favourable, auspicious, propitious, promising, heaven-sent, golden, good, lucky, happy, fortunate, benign, providential, felicitous, timely, well timed, ripe, convenient, expedient, suitable, appropriate, apt, fitting
      suitable, appropriate, acceptable, fitting, fit, correct, proper, desirable, preferable, ideal
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    4. 2.4 Socially fashionable or important:
      ‘he was seen at all the right places’
      • ‘It will be a great way to meet the right people and to get my foot in the door.’
  • 3[predicative] In a satisfactory, sound, or normal state or condition:

    ‘that sausage doesn't smell right’
    ‘if only I could have helped put matters right’
    • ‘So we just chose a place where we wanted it to end, and then tried to fade it out from a minute before and it didn't sound right.’
    • ‘If weather conditions are right and the homemade snow settles, a snowball fight could be on the cards.’
    • ‘The Bolshoi Ballet is dancing, and everything seems absolutely right with the world.’
    • ‘Mr Allen said all the conditions were right for the AMRC in South Yorkshire to become a world leader.’
    • ‘This particular plane just didn't sound right, like a car with something wrong with the radiator.’
    • ‘As for the dub, it just sounded odd after seeing the original, the wolves didn't sound right for a start.’
    • ‘If conditions aren't right, our vole populations will never get back to former levels.’
    • ‘There was something that he didn't think was quite right with Matt and Dom's relationship.’
    • ‘It sounded about right but I'd never really thought of him in that way before.’
    • ‘Some of those people want the service to be right and others want the financial side to be right.’
    • ‘We'd heard separately that the chip is due mid-March, so that sounds about right.’
    • ‘We don't have Zire or Tungsten packaging to hand, but those figures sound about right.’
    • ‘He looks right and sounds good - jovial on the surface with menace always lurking beneath.’
    • ‘Tired of conflict, the negotiators swiftly agreed that two conferences a year sounded about right.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, this is a spectacular spring plant that will grow into a large clump if the conditions are right.’
    • ‘In fact, some of the noises the new creatures make don't quite sound right at all.’
    • ‘He had a feeling that something wasn't quite right with the situation, but decided to let it slide.’
    • ‘I just didn't feel right from the start of the race.’
    • ‘Actually, look at it the other way: how easy is it, once your mind isn't right, for the body to give up?’
    • ‘We've still got four games to put it right and, in my opinion, we need four points to secure a play-off place.’
    healthy, in good health, fine, hale, in good shape, in trim, in good trim, well, fit, fighting fit, normal, sound, up to par
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  • 4On, towards, or relating to the side of a human body or of a thing which is to the east when the person or thing is facing north:

    ‘my right elbow’
    ‘the right edge of the field’
    • ‘Leave your hand on the wall and turn your body so the right hip and shoulder face the wall.’
    • ‘The first outwardly visible sign of change is in the body's right foot which has begun to spasm and move at the ankle.’
    • ‘Pat began to have pains in her right hip and side and mild stomach upsets in January last year.’
    • ‘One year before admission his right kidney had been removed because of renal cancer.’
    • ‘She stood up, and balanced the basket on her hip though a stab of pain flashed up her body from her right leg.’
    • ‘Lift your right shoulder off the mat and touch your left knee with your right elbow.’
    • ‘He said forensic experts concentrated on the right shoe, which had four hairs.’
    • ‘As to the ribs, Dr Williams found that Harry had suffered a fracture of the second right rib at the side under the armpit.’
    • ‘He would grow increasingly frustrated and lose his temper because he could not use his right arm properly or hold a pen.’
    • ‘She extended her right arm towards the dragon, her hand shaking slightly with fear.’
    • ‘The youth was driven by ambulance to Lewisham Hospital with six puncture wounds around the right elbow.’
    • ‘A deformity in his right elbow has meant that he was up against great odds from the very beginning.’
    • ‘It does mean, however, that a fast front crawl is as important as a strong right arm.’
    • ‘The woman grasps his ankles and the man places his left hand over her hip and props his body up with his right arm.’
    • ‘He flung the cigarette to the ground and squashed it slowly with the toe of his right shoe.’
    • ‘After having them only a few weeks he noticed the pattern fading on the right shoe.’
    • ‘In doing this, I levered a rock quickly out from the top section and watched it plummet towards my right foot.’
    • ‘He had a swollen right orbit, a laceration over the right elbow, and bloody discharge from both nostrils.’
    • ‘It was true; Beth's right foot was clad only in a pink sock with a hole in the toe.’
    • ‘Use the same technique as above but add a twist, lifting your right shoulder towards the opposite knee.’
    right-hand, dextral, at three o'clock
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  • 5British informal [attributive] Complete; absolute (used for emphasis):

    ‘I felt a right idiot’
    • ‘Looking back I suppose it was quite comical, we must have looked like a right old married couple.’
    • ‘On top of nicking my biscuits they had also made a right mess when they made the tea.’
    • ‘Laois is in a right mess and it will take a lot more than Paudi Butler to sort it out.’
    • ‘At school Gareth looked a right mess.’
    • ‘I'm having to eat it it with my hands now and I'm making a right mess of my keyboard, oh yes.’
    • ‘The only aggressive magick I've done was directed towards a right cow in the last place I worked.’
    absolute, complete, total, real, out-and-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, downright, perfect, utter, sheer, consummate, unmitigated, unqualified, veritable, in every respect, unalloyed
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  • 6Relating to a person or group favouring conservative views:

    ‘are you politically right, left, or centre?’
    • ‘Certainly Margaret Thatcher did not make many efforts to hide her extreme right views on immigration.’
    • ‘He uses his magazine the Weekly Standard to promote his hard right views.’
    • ‘How this fits in with far right Conservatives' rampant xenophobia is beyond me.’

adverb

  • 1To the furthest or most complete extent or degree (used for emphasis):

    ‘the car spun right off the track’
    ‘I'm right out of ideas’
    • ‘Here he is, right there, you can see the nine of clubs right next to the nine of hearts.’
    • ‘Children and parents right throughout the country feel not enough is being done.’
    • ‘A glebe is a piece of land forming part of a clergyman's living, and right next door was the tiny church of St Edmund.’
    • ‘I put on my winter coat and walked out the front door right into the middle of the street.’
    • ‘When we were boys a lot of it was a slum - they cleared quite a few streets right in the middle.’
    • ‘Has the intrusion to the privacy of those living right next to the site been fully considered?’
    • ‘Nissan has given it a longer wheelbase than the old car, and pushed the wheels right out to the corners.’
    • ‘If, unlike me, you have fond childhood memories of Thunderbirds, this is probably right up your alley.’
    • ‘So it involves making it easier for parents to get their cars right to the school door at the expense of those of us who choose to walk.’
    • ‘The nightclub Broadway is also right next door, so you will not have far to stagger after an evening out on the town.’
    • ‘It is close to home and right next door to the playgroup he now attends.’
    • ‘I opened my curtains this morning and saw loads of police right next door.’
    • ‘We walked down Downing Street right up to Number 10 and visited the Tower of London.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he was engaged in a continual debate with Trotskyist ideas right up until his death.’
    • ‘So later this month a massive demonstration of farmers right across Europe will begin.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the second year of the Billabong Odyssey, it was huge all the way from Jaws right round to Spain.’
    • ‘Their main worry was the plan to move the public car park for the meadows right next to their homes.’
    • ‘They make a date to meet at the café the next day but when Henry shows up, Lucy just walks right by him.’
    • ‘Why do some people insist on parking their cars right up on the path so people can't get past?’
    • ‘You used to be able to drive in in your car and pull right up to the plane and get on the plane.’
    completely, fully, entirely, totally, wholly, absolutely, altogether, utterly, thoroughly, quite
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    1. 1.1 Exactly; directly (used to emphasize the precise location or time of something):
      ‘Harriet was standing right behind her’
      • ‘Williams' vivid descriptions put you right in the middle of the action.’
      • ‘I stood up, thanked the officers, and stumbled back to my room with Max right behind me.’
      • ‘The funnel stands upright from the superstructure, with a pair of ventilators right behind it.’
      • ‘Which puts us right in the middle of the second point.’
      • ‘There is no anger here but perhaps that is a more accurate reflection of life in Britain right now.’
      • ‘The bars are to be fixed in two directions right underneath the core of the cube, so they can take the full weight.’
      • ‘But it's not always right under our noses.’
      • ‘Josh moved back a little and then moved his head to the side so that he was right in front of my face.’
      • ‘My best friend was really standing here right in front of me.’
      • ‘In England right now, he has fallen well behind the man of the moment, the Scotsman David Moyes.’
      • ‘She's standing here right in front of me.’
      • ‘One of the biggest concerns in Italy right now is the extent of spiralling wage bills.’
      • ‘Hemp could be used in most of the pulp mills in the country as the situation stands right now.’
      • ‘Things have never been better for farmers of all types in New Zealand right now.’
      • ‘They're all so smart, but I was sitting right under their nose fooling them.’
      • ‘Sora nodded, and grabbed her keys and she headed out the door with Vash right behind her.’
      • ‘I felt thirsty, yet the most important thing for me right now was to know where I was.’
      • ‘Turning on her heal she ran back the way they had come, Elliot right behind her.’
      • ‘I'm standing here right in front of you.’
      • ‘Mitchell nodded and hurried down the stairs with his friends right behind him.’
      exactly, precisely, directly, immediately, just, squarely, square, dead
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    2. 1.2informal Without delaying or hesitating; immediately:
      ‘I'll be right back’
      straight, immediately, instantly, at once, straight away, right away, now, right now, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant, in a flash, like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further ado, without more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed
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    3. 1.3dialect, archaic [as submodifier] Very:
      ‘it's right spooky in there!’
      • ‘She's the one who gives you all your ideas and inspiration, but she's a right bad-tempered cow.’
      • ‘If you're on a tight budget, yet up for a right laddish drive, a coupe could well be for you.’
      • ‘They had directed traffic to ensure all the whites got a right good view of the action.’
      remarkably, extraordinarily, exceptionally, very, extremely, really, outstandingly, strikingly, signally, eminently, especially, particularly, incredibly, awfully, terribly, decidedly, supremely, peculiarly, distinctly, conspicuously
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  • 2Correctly:

    ‘he had guessed right’
    • ‘I had some action, caught a couple of nice fish, so I must have done something right!’
    • ‘"The horse has done everything absolutely right today, " said Henderson.’
    • ‘If you guess right you will appear to be a genius, if you guess wrong you will look foolish.’
    • ‘The ship's control party did every thing exactly right even though they were hurt as well.’
    • ‘Well, dirty or not, and doing it right or not, we in Ireland have well and truly woken up to sex.’
    • ‘She wouldn't let you do anything unless you did it absolutely right.’
    • ‘Because even if the media was doing things right, do you really think it can change the way things are?’
    correctly, accurately, properly, exactly, precisely, aright, rightly, perfectly, unerringly, faultlessly, truly
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    1. 2.1 In the required or necessary way; satisfactorily:
      ‘nothing's going right for me this season’
      • ‘He tells me what he thinks: where the Conservatives are going right or wrong, what is good or silly.’
      • ‘Obviously, if everything goes right we've got time to paint the car and all.’
      • ‘If you expect to do everything right all of the time, then you can't afford to have a sense of humour.’
      justly, fairly, equitably, impartially, well, properly, morally, ethically, honourably, honestly, lawfully, legally
      well, for the better, for the best, favourably, happily, advantageously, to one's advantage, beneficially, profitably, providentially, luckily, opportunely, conveniently, to one's satisfaction
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  • 3On or to the right side:

    ‘turn right off the B1269’
    • ‘The marker posts lead under power lines to a hawthorn tree, where the path veers right, towards the ridge.’
    • ‘Walk up onto the bridge and turn right along the road back up into Settle.’
    • ‘You control shot direction by moving a joystick left or right in the direction you want to place it.’
    • ‘Walking through the hall, the eye is drawn left and right towards the side galleries.’
    • ‘At the far side bear right and park where the road has become blocked with gravel.’
    • ‘At the car park entrance turn right along the road to return to the junction by the bridge over the river.’
    • ‘I was driving a car in London, turning right from a side road into a one way system.’

noun

  • 1[mass noun] That which is morally correct, just, or honourable:

    ‘she doesn't understand the difference between right and wrong’
    [count noun] ‘the rights and wrongs of the matter’
    • ‘Every child should be brought up to know right from wrong and to respect their peers and elders.’
    • ‘They taught me the importance of discipline and the difference between right and wrong.’
    • ‘Not believing in God has nothing to do with not knowing the difference between right or wrong, good and evil.’
    • ‘Perhaps wrong is the new right, in new-New Labour, just as dissent is the new unity.’
    • ‘They have no respect, no sense of right or wrong, and no right to be even called human.’
    • ‘The point of punishment is to learn a lesson from it, to clearly see right from wrong.’
    • ‘I would presume since they think they are well informed they would know right from wrong.’
    • ‘The child feels a sense of right and wrong, believes right will win and wants to contribute to this.’
    • ‘How else can children learn to think for themselves and distinguish right from wrong?’
    • ‘He was truly an idealist, a man for the underdog, with a passion for justice and right.’
    • ‘It is not for them to be concerned about the niceties of justice or right and wrong or guilt or innocence.’
    • ‘Some times, we need to pretend to be angry just for them to know right from wrong.’
    • ‘The flying machine helped to set the world straight in terms of true and false, right and wrong.’
    • ‘If we were all mature and we all knew right from wrong, you know, the perfect world, then fine.’
    • ‘I believe it is nonsensical, and that God gave us the brains to know right from wrong.’
    • ‘There is a lifetime of joy and companionship to be had from owning a dog but he needs to learn right from wrong at an early stage.’
    goodness, rightness, righteousness, virtue, virtuousness, integrity, rectitude, uprightness, principle, propriety, morality, truth, truthfulness, honesty, honour, honourableness, justice, justness, fairness, equity, equitableness, impartiality
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  • 2A moral or legal entitlement to have or do something:

    [with infinitive] ‘she had every right to be angry’
    ‘you're quite within your rights to ask for your money back’
    [mass noun] ‘there is no right of appeal against the decision’
    • ‘The educated have the right to vote, but they don't exercise it.’
    • ‘They have to learn to respect the right of other citizens to hold a contrary opinion.’
    • ‘And what of the Prime Minister's attitude to workers' rights at home?’
    • ‘Neither the government nor Labor had any popular mandate to violate fundamental democratic rights.’
    • ‘"Security and regulation must benefit the user and protect their fundamental right to privacy, " she said.’
    • ‘The right to privacy must be found to encompass the inner domain of thought.’
    • ‘And it's hard to see how a Canadian court would uphold the aforementioned human rights abuses.’
    • ‘The rule had been interpreted in a way which hindered the prisoner's right of access to the court.’
    • ‘Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands have the right to self-determination enshrined in their constitutions.’
    • ‘The respondent proceeded to exercise her right of appeal against the review decision of 26 November 2001.’
    • ‘Some claim that city surveillance is a violation of one's right to privacy.’
    • ‘The government has launched a full-scale onslaught on public sector workers' pension rights.’
    • ‘Her aim is to safeguard employee privacy rights in the face of growing employer snooping capabilities.’
    • ‘Such conduct is part of every state's legitimate right of self-defense.’
    • ‘The respondents in our sample do not agree with opposition to intellectual property rights advocated by the Open Source.’
    • ‘She said that the experiment denied basic animal rights, and that the rats deserve free water.’
    • ‘Workers have been forced into seeking redress through exercising their individual legal rights rather than pursuing grievances through collective action.’
    • ‘Only if the basic fundamental rights are protected can a country succeed and prosper.’
    • ‘But I don't have the right to vote in the next U.S. election.’
    • ‘Representatives of education reform and workers' rights groups also attended.’
    entitlement, prerogative, privilege, advantage, due, birthright, liberty, authority, authorization, power, licence, permission, dispensation, leave, consent, warrant, charter, franchise, sanction, exemption, immunity, indemnity
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    1. 2.1rights The authority to perform, publish, film, or televise a particular work, event, etc.:
      ‘they sold the paperback rights’
      • ‘There's an effort underway by Universal to acquire the rights to the first film.’
      • ‘In the meantime, she will earn her keep through merchandising, corporate events, filming rights, open days, and escorted tours.’
      • ‘The programme is also a co-production with the Discovery Channel, which takes North American television and home video rights.’
      • ‘Director John Ford was drawn to the story and purchased the film rights, but it would be many years before he could actually make the film.’
      • ‘Marilyn Monroe had bought the film rights with a view to inviting Olivier to be her co-star and director.’
      • ‘He urged Harry Cohn, head of Columbia, to buy the film rights for him.’
      • ‘With the success of the novel, film rights were snapped up by producer Walter Mirisch.’
      • ‘The word is that Sony's Screen Gems division paid $4 million to buy rights to the film.’
      • ‘Castlebar will be the only town in Ireland to stage this event and Channel Four have asked for exclusive rights to film the event.’
      • ‘Feature film rights to the novel have been kicked around Hollywood for some time, with Tom Cruise mooted to be involved.’
      • ‘In 1985 the television rights came up for renegotiation and BBC and ITV offered £16m for four years.’
      • ‘Tara Bangla, a Calcutta-based television station bought broadcast rights, and has screened the film on prime time.’
      • ‘For the past year most people were under the impression that legislation was in place to avoid the television rights to key sporting events being sold off.’
      • ‘He said he finally agreed to sell the film rights to Disney after a weekend of tense negotiations at his luxurious new house in Marrakech.’
      • ‘The broadcasters have paid large sums of money for the rights to televise Wimbledon, so they have a right to expect some give from the organisers.’
      • ‘A sequel, Heart of Coal, has just been published and film rights have also been sold.’
      • ‘MGM bought film rights for $250,000 the highest sum ever paid for a stage property until then.’
      • ‘And how important are factors like television rights and media coverage?’
      • ‘Television rights to the Davis Cup have been signed again by BBC Sport, following successful coverage of Great Britain ties.’
      • ‘Theatre producer Oscar Lewenstein, however, offered Hall a London production provided that the film rights were unsold.’
  • 3the rightThe right-hand part, side, or direction:

    ‘take the first turning on the right’
    ‘she seated me on her right’
    • ‘For example, one might be to the right and the other directly upwards, as shown in Figure 21.’
    • ‘There is a long symbolic tradition in Ethiopia of movement towards the right or to the east.’
    • ‘His new hair is reminiscent of a young Clark Gable, with a side parting slicked over to the right.’
    • ‘The picture was brought in by Bill Cordukes, who can be seen on the second row from the front on the right.’
    • ‘There are three fixing points, two on the left hand side and one on the right.’
    • ‘In the picture above, the entrance door is to the right and a makeshift extension to the front houses the kitchen.’
    • ‘The second shot requires to be hit over the cross bunkers avoiding the River West Water on the right.’
    • ‘Clench your right fist and draw it back to your side, the back of your hand to the right.’
    • ‘This can affect the ribs, which become prominent on one side, usually on the right.’
    • ‘On the extreme left, a featureless female sits at a table; another loiters outside on the right.’
    • ‘There is a small bar area to the left as you walk inside and then the main dining room to the right.’
    • ‘The leaf on the left was collected in Antarctica, and those on the right from South Africa.’
    • ‘Cross the road in front of it and join a main path from the right which leads to a wood through a kissing gate along the banks of Blea Tarn.’
    • ‘Hedgerows and fields make up the left hand side of the path with the old canal on the right.’
    • ‘At the end of the loch, the track turns sharp left, in front of Lochan Dubh, before bearing round to the right.’
    • ‘From the Durrow approach a new wall has been completed to the right in front of house at the cross roads.’
    • ‘It took me a while to start it because the ignition was on the left side instead of the right.’
    • ‘The green drops away on the left hand side, there is a big bunker on the right and trees all around.’
    • ‘Then, all at once, the ship jerked to one side, causing the entire room to tilt to the right.’
    • ‘Worse than that there is a right turn arrow painted on that one lane, for a side road going off to the right.’
    1. 3.1 (in football or a similar sport) the right-hand half of the field when facing the opponent's goal:
      ‘they made a neat series of passes over on the right’
      • ‘From the start the Badgers played some lovely hockey exploiting the space down the right.’
      • ‘He found support from Hogg and although the move broke down, Taylor put Lee away down the right.’
      • ‘He is a classic winger and, even if he occasionally plays on the left for Denmark, he is more comfortable on the right.’
      • ‘Seven minutes later, a ball from midfield caught out Alcide and saw the pacy Gordon bear down on goal on the right.’
      • ‘Still the ball was re-cycled and whipped wide out to Kelley on the right.’
      • ‘Mackay then cut in from the right and smashed a powerful drive off the underside of the crossbar.’
      • ‘A diagonal run by David Ralph met a cross from the right at full pelt for the third goal before half time.’
      • ‘Dom Grimes and George Ross worked tirelessly in midfield and Sam Pollock worked hard on the right.’
      • ‘Near half-time Pool's Martin Roberts broke away and fed the ball out to the right.’
      • ‘Now Recoba picks it up deep, plays a beautiful pass in to Varela breaking down the right.’
      • ‘He needs ball winners of the quality of Keano to allow him to play down the right.’
      • ‘Five minutes later Corby doubled the score with a solo strike. He broke down the right from the halfway line.’
      • ‘Within a minute Scott Barley made a low diving header following a cross from the right for goal number four.’
      • ‘Gavin Mahon may play down the right with either Nielsen or Stephen Glass down the left.’
      • ‘Forder stepped up to do the honours and hit a firm shot into the bottom right.’
      • ‘Rebecca Cattle netted the opener after great play down the right by Lucy McNamara.’
      • ‘Ben Furness was driving Silsden forwards and Hoyle held the ball up well before feeding Rhodes on the right.’
      • ‘Alexandersson makes use of a lucky break in midfield to feed Larsson on the right.’
      • ‘The lead was short-lived, Ovenden, in their first attack of the half, broke free on the right.’
      • ‘He edged them two more points ahead before Queens looked certain to score on the right.’
    2. 3.2 The right wing of an army:
      ‘the allies succeeded in overrunning the French right’
    3. 3.3 A right turn:
      ‘he made a right in Dorchester Avenue’
      • ‘Somebody got ready to pit and Riggs obviously didn't know about it and slammed the brakes on and hung a right on me.’
      • ‘The next challenge is a high speed right, nerves of steel will be required for this one.’
    4. 3.4 A road or entrance on the right:
      ‘take the first right over the stream’
    5. 3.5 A person's right fist, especially a boxer's:
      ‘he ducked down low then brought up his right’
    6. 3.6 A blow given with the right fist:
      ‘the young copper swung a terrific right’
      • ‘Instead he countered with two lefts to the body, a right to the head and a left to the jaw.’
  • 4[treated as singular or plural] A group or party favouring conservative views and supporting capitalist principles:

    ‘the Right got in at the election’
    ‘his proposal was viewed with alarm by the right of the party’
    • ‘The parties of the Left and of the Right are in conflict because they both aim at supreme power.’
    • ‘This attitude alone explains a lot about why the Right has gotten hold of the airwaves as effectively as it has.’
    • ‘The Right has done a wonderful job of making themselves seem like the victim when they are the ones running the show.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the roots of the hysteria of the Right go far beyond nationalism and national security.’
    • ‘The brilliance of the Right was in wildly and irresponsibly staking outrageous positions.’
    • ‘As an aside, I'm still trying to work out the logic of this shift to the Right.’
    • ‘What the Right has been so effective at doing is moving the culture in their direction.’
    • ‘Extremists from the Right can only breed if the mainstream do not have a voice from the traditional parties.’
    • ‘The family crisis widely accepted on the Right as well as the Left is an optical illusion.’
    • ‘It's funny how bothered the Right gets about any large leftist demo, perhaps feeling a little threatened.’
    • ‘For one thing, this is a whiskery, reflexive old incantation of the Right, that long ago lost any very vivid meaning.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many on both the Right and the Left cannot seem to make that separation.’
    • ‘So the stock market will perform better when the Left is in the wilderness and the Right is in the Oval Office.’
    • ‘The Orleanist monarchy had to weather a challenge from the Right as well as from the Left.’
    • ‘The Left can no longer afford to get wrapped up in the Right's way of framing issues.’
    • ‘One is never enough because the Left is going to distort the facts just as much as the Right.’
    • ‘Propagandists and perpetrators were not only from the far Right, but also from the Left.’
    • ‘The years of independence have taught both the soft Left and the Right that there are no simple processes.’
    • ‘It all depends on whether the smaller parties are on the Left or the Right.’
    • ‘What is difficult to understand is why so much deference is paid to the threats from the Right.’

verb

  • 1[with object] Restore to a normal or upright position:

    ‘we righted the capsized dinghy’
    • ‘Luckily, the boat righted itself after two minutes.’
    • ‘She was a little dizzy from being righted to a standing position and Wrenn steadied her.’
    • ‘Emergency and environmental services spent most of yesterday clearing up the spillage with low expansion foam before the vehicle could be righted using specialist lifting gear.’
    • ‘There were no injuries and the vehicle was safely righted shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘When I was sure the boat had righted itself I opened up the hatch and got out onto the deck.’
    • ‘The organisers and planners spent nerve-wracking minutes as Perth went against all planning, going down stern first and initially listed alarmingly to port, before righting herself.’
    • ‘Made of lightweight rip-proof nylon, the sturdy design is claimed to be resistant to strong winds, but can be easily righted if inverted.’
    • ‘The elevator was plummeting and then righted itself.’
    • ‘With a practised flip, he righted the dinghy and held it steady while we clambered aboard.’
    • ‘And if none of that worked, I'd go about the business of righting the ship.’
    • ‘As I continue with kayaking, I am becoming more proficient at righting my kayak and feeling more in control of my actions, more knowledgeable and less disoriented.’
    • ‘Over the weekend, a team of navy divers, engineers and foreign consultants injected nitrogen into flooded compartments, partly righting it, Petrobras said.’
    • ‘Faith nodded soundlessly as her saviour lifted her to her feet as if she weighed nothing, before releasing her so abruptly she staggered a little before righting herself once more.’
    • ‘Traffic crews then had to block all but one lane of the bridge while the crane righted the container.’
    • ‘As we righted our machines the bus arrived and I'd never seen people move as fast.’
    • ‘It fell back down to the ground and immediately began to right itself again.’
    • ‘The boat capsized once but righted itself in minutes.’
    • ‘A few stinging shots flayed part of the hull, sending both Serge and Allicia tumbling around as the ship arched threateningly, before righting itself.’
    • ‘After what seemed like five or ten minutes, the plane righted itself and the pilot came on the intercom saying that a ‘nasty man’ had tried to crash the plane.’
    • ‘The plane wasn't righting itself as it usually did.’
    • ‘It righted itself and began to head for Washington again.’
    turn the right way up again, turn back over, set upright again, stand upright again
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  • 2Restore to a normal or correct state:

    ‘righting the economy demanded major cuts in defence spending’
    • ‘In the long run, such a change has the promise of both righting the economy and undoing social wrongs.’
    • ‘Given the progress that businesses have already made and the improving fundamentals for growth, the industrial sector - and the overall economy - may not be too far from righting itself.’
    • ‘It was a situation that soon righted itself as numbers flocked through the door when the familiar sounds of Drive In Scene filled the room.’
    • ‘The harsh figures fly in the face of the bland assurances by certain economists and politicians that the US economy was righting itself after a temporary setback early in the year.’
    • ‘The foundation problems were solved, the grain elevator was righted, and it is still in use.’
    • ‘He righted his ruffled cloak, straightened his wrinkled shirt, and glared white hot anger at me.’
    • ‘In our RSB initiative we endorse the NC as a place to personally begin, or continue, the long journey of righting relations with the Earth.’
    • ‘At this moment he wearied, wishing for nothing but a pause released from time in which he might lie low until the world was righted.’
    • ‘That task falls largely to AIB chairman Dermot Gleeson, who must ensure that the internal structures of the bank are righted.’
    • ‘The righting of relationships in the whole community was inseparable from the experience of forgiveness from God.’
    remedy, put right, set right, put to rights, set to rights, rectify, retrieve, solve, fix, resolve, sort out, put in order
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    1. 2.1 Redress or rectify (a wrong or mistaken action):
      ‘she was determined to right the wrongs done to her father’
      • ‘I suspect that his action is more motivated by desire for celebrity, notoriety and financial reward than righting injustices.’
      • ‘Japan has made scant progress in righting the long-term problems that have crippled its domestic economy.’
      • ‘The wrongs carried out by members of the Church's hierarchy must be righted, but Mr Ahern warned against shutting the Church out of the community.’
      • ‘Private analysts underscored the importance of righting unbalanced global economic growth, which is blamed by the US for feeding the US trade deficit.’
      • ‘Until this was righted, she would not return to live in Oz.’
      • ‘Honest Reporting cannot possibly claim to be non-partisan: they are avowedly devoted to the cause of righting what they see as a shocking anti-Israeli bias in the western media.’
      • ‘And, let's face it, as well, I think, at that time, I also was attracted to the notion of being a trial lawyer, a courtroom lawyer, going in and righting the wrongs and defending the unjustly accused.’
      • ‘First of all, progress toward righting one of the economy's biggest imbalances, excess production capacity caused by overinvestment, has been greater than first thought.’
      • ‘One of the longest-running musical miscarriages of justice will be righted when the York tenor behind a famous Christmas song is finally credited for his work.’
      • ‘So Mo Mowlam went into exile and wrote her side of the story, determined to right the wrongs done to her.’
      • ‘Perhaps these inequalities will be righted when the feminist revolution is more thoroughly assimilated.’
      • ‘The outcome also satisfied the public sense of outrage at an obstinate governmental bureaucracy and at an injustice eventually righted.’
      • ‘Environmental justice is the righting of the inequities of the past through laws, regulations, compensation, and removal of the causes of eco-injustice.’
      • ‘Thompson believes he is the man to start righting those wrongs.’
      • ‘As the 1980s drew to a close, what made accountability so attractive was that, unlike mainstream reforms, it offered a coherent way of thinking about the problems plaguing the system and a plan for righting them.’
      • ‘In righting ancient wrongs, it has created modern tension.’
      • ‘Mugabe defends the programme as a way of righting racial imbalances in land ownership inherited from British rule, and blames food shortages in what was a regional breadbasket on years of crippling drought.’
      • ‘We must keep in mind that a settlement bill, while it brings to a conclusion a certain phase of a tribe's seeking to have injustice righted, by the same token also represents a beginning.’
      • ‘Treaty settlements - righting the wrongs of the past - have accounted for about 0.1% of total government spending in the past five years.’
      • ‘Now, 50 years after his death, Emmett Till has inspired a documentary aimed at righting a historic wrong.’
      rectify, correct, put right, set right, make right, sort out, deal with, remedy, repair, fix, cure, resolve, settle, square, make amends for
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    2. 2.2archaic Make reparation to (someone) for a wrong done to them:
      ‘we'll see you righted’

exclamation

informal
  • 1Used to indicate agreement or to acknowledge a statement or order:

    ‘‘Barry's here.’ ‘Oh, right’’
    ‘right you are, sir’
    1. 1.1 Used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation:
      ‘you went to see Angie on Monday, right?’
      • ‘Both of the things he said had to be questions surely, I mean, French is not that different right?’
      • ‘After the game Devon would be telling his mystery girl his true feelings, right?’
      • ‘As long as he keeps his ugly face off screen, leaving only his annoying voice that is acceptable, right?’
    2. 1.2 Used as a filler in speech or to introduce an utterance or exhortation:
      ‘right, let's have a drink’
      ‘and I didn't think any more of it, right, but Mum said I should take him to a doctor’

Phrases

  • bang (or north americandead) to rights

    • informal (of a criminal) with positive proof of guilt:

      ‘we've got you bang to rights handling stolen property’
      • ‘In a police interview played in court he told officers: ‘I'm caught, bang to rights.’’
      • ‘I knew I was going to get a ticket because I was bang to rights.’
      • ‘If it locks on to your car and you are exceeding the speed limit, they have you bang to rights.’
      • ‘The combination of the cards and the video meant that he was bang to rights as far as being there and taking something was concerned, and they are saying that now he is admitting it.’
      • ‘He gave a full and frank admission that he was caught bang to rights.’
      • ‘The rule of strict liability applied and he was bang to rights.’
      • ‘There have been rumours and now he has been caught bang to rights.’
      • ‘A player flagrantly flaunts the rules, and in doing so, is caught bang to rights.’
      • ‘I hereby certify that I have done nothing whatsoever that I have any intention of telling you about, unless they've got me bang to rights on tape.’
      • ‘The downside of this will be that if I ever do commit any kind of crime then the police will pretty much have me bang to rights.’
      in the act, with one's fingers in the till, with one's hand in the till
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  • be in the right

    • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Morally, the Americans were in the right - but they also had greater military success.’
      • ‘They always believe themselves to be in the right, no matter how much wickedness they are mired in.’
      • ‘I talked to a few people about it and they felt I was in the right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet I feel I was in the right, I was only a few minutes late.’
      • ‘He might have been congratulating himself, but one would have to completely ignore his actions to believe that he was in the right.’
      • ‘It is a general courtesy in life to apologize for offending someone, even if you think you were in the right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • by rights

    • If things had happened or been done fairly or correctly:

      ‘by rights, he should not be playing next week’
      • ‘Many readers will love following Lee's journey, but others will find the author's method a stumbling block in what should have been, by rights, a brilliant book.’
      • ‘Bill Wilde's biography and the volume of her letters which he and Tom Inglis Moore brought out in 1980 should, by rights, have won her new readers, yet the reverse appears to have happened.’
      • ‘Where are the reports on these trips that the commissioner, by rights, should have given to the Parliament to scrutinise to ascertain the value of the trips?’
      • ‘In the Catholic church, the archbishops of Glasgow and Edinburgh are equal in rank, but, by rights, O'Brien is the senior partner because he has been in position for 17 years, and is the chair of the Catholic bishops' conference of Scotland.’
      • ‘Because if securing male votes was what winning a general election was all about, then by rights the Labour party would have won every general election since 1945.’
      • ‘As the article makes clear, he is one of Britain's best young film actors, but his dedication to home-grown cinema has meant that he's missed out on the big starring roles that should have been his by rights.’
      • ‘And, by rights, I should marry her if she'd have me, but I am still a bit dubious.’
      • ‘Born in Motherwell, into a family where the men were steelworkers, welders or fitters, and the women were nurses or hospital workers, his political interests should by rights have led him into the Labour party organisation.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Now the Deputy PM is being even more useful as he takes all the flak that should by rights be targeted at his boss.’’
      • ‘Fields have been flooded throughout Tayside at a time when, by rights, they should have been full of combines.’
      properly, in fairness, correctly, legally, technically, in conscience, in all conscience
      de jure
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  • do right by

    • Treat (someone) fairly:

      ‘I want to do right by the child’
      • ‘I have always believed in doing right by myself and not doing wrong to others.’
      • ‘No doubt among the Ukrainian community he was regarded as one of their own and would be trusted to do right by them.’
      • ‘But the one thing I do know is that I would have not been doing right by my kids at the time that they really needed me, and that would be something I would have had a hard time living with.’
      • ‘Rosetta clearly believes that pulling herself up involves grinding somebody else down, but her fear of perpetual poverty is a stronger motivator than any moral imperative to do right by her fellow human beings.’
      • ‘He added: ‘The Duke of Marlborough said that the best way to mark a great victory was to do right by the soldiers who fought so bravely with him.’’
      • ‘I often wonder whether I'm doing right by my children, whether their independence is at risk because I'm wrapping them in cotton wool.’
      • ‘But my heart is in this, and I want to do right by you.’
      • ‘‘We want to do right by the teachers, but there are things we need to hear from them,’ he said.’
      • ‘The general tone is set in this article about how ‘the absence of firm rules and responsible incentives’ has discouraged scientists and engineers from doing right by us all.’
      • ‘This is our only intention, we want to do right by the residents of Richmond upon Thames.’
  • in one's own right

    • As a result of one's own claims, qualifications, or efforts, rather than an association with someone else:

      ‘he was already established as a poet in his own right’
      • ‘She claimed asylum in her own right but, in fact, in February 1998 gave up her application and returned to Ecuador.’
      • ‘I suppose I would like to be recognised as a good player in my own right rather than a Paul McGrath want-to-be.’
      • ‘And thanks to all of you who are really legends in your own right.’
      • ‘But if the husband's earnings are high, and he is simply mean with his money, the wife is unable to claim in her own right.’
      • ‘However, you may not know that Leonard Nimoy is a most capable singer and poet in his own right.’
      • ‘The performers are all accomplished in their own right, and together they are simply magnificent.’
      • ‘His newest work focuses, like Wilde, on a female lead, but the female here is an artist in her own right, rather than the wife of one.’
      • ‘For the first time you will have a pension in your own right.’
      • ‘She now has a British passport, so qualifies in her own right to compete for Scotland.’
      • ‘I worked for most of my married life and paid a full stamp so that I would qualify for a pension in my own right when I retired but now it still looks as though I'm missing out.’
  • (not) in one's right mind

    • (not) sane.

      • ‘Who in their right mind would do such a ludicrous thing?’
      • ‘No one in their right mind would consider an 80-year-old woman a military target.’
      • ‘What person in their right mind would do something like that?’
      • ‘‘Frank was not in his right mind when he set up the device,’ she said, referring to doctors' diagnoses of her husband as suffering from clinical depression.’
      • ‘The Premiership is the best league in the world, so who in his right mind wouldn't want to be a manager at that level?’
      • ‘Please correct me if I'm wrong but who in their right mind would sponsor an event that attracts no spectators!’
      • ‘Nobody in their right mind will offer a prize for a competition you've never entered.’
      • ‘‘I suppose if I was in my right mind, I wouldn't have dreamt of it,’ says Nan.’
      • ‘Who in his right mind would rather work than sleep?’
      • ‘In my opinion, Whitney was not in her right mind when we had our conversation.’
      sane, in one's right mind, of sound mind, in possession of all one's faculties, able to reason clearly, able to think clearly, lucid, rational, coherent, balanced, well balanced
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  • not right in the head

    • informal (of a person) not completely sane.

      • ‘He tells himself he has no business being in his position if he is not right in the head.’
      • ‘He said his sister was not right in the head, and had gone crazy and carried out the killings.’
      • ‘He hangs around with Ben and Anthony though, so maybe he's not right in the head.’
      • ‘‘Maybe he's not right in the head,’ he muttered, more to convince himself than Adam or his brothers.’
      • ‘‘They say how they're not right in the head,’ said Willis.’
      • ‘‘People are going to think I'm not right in the head,’ he protested, following after her.’
      • ‘Someone needs to lock that woman up, because she's not right in the head if she thinks that looks good.’
      • ‘‘He's not right in the head,’ one onlooker was heard to say as Kiwi pilot, Steve Taylor's Edge 540 aerobatic plane twirled and dived overhead like a demented moth.’
      • ‘You have just proved you're not right in the head.’
      • ‘I swear Claire's not right in the head sometimes.’
      sane, in one's right mind, of sound mind, in possession of all one's faculties, able to reason clearly, able to think clearly, lucid, rational, coherent, balanced, well balanced
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  • (as) of right (or by right)

    • As a result of having a moral or legal claim or entitlement:

      ‘the state will be obliged to provide health care as of right’
      • ‘In other words they're being forced to beg for an education that their more privileged peers received by right.’
      • ‘The circumstances are that there is a discretion under the Act for the Minister to allow a fresh application but there is no entitlement as of right.’
      • ‘Entry to higher education is also very commonly an entitlement, available by right to anyone who obtains the threshold entry certificate.’
      • ‘It is not an entitlement as of right; it is the result of a negotiation.’
      • ‘‘A lot of pensioners are loath to claim it, but it is theirs by right,’ said Mr Evans.’
      • ‘Only legal guarantees that they occupy the land by right, as they have since before the arrival of black or white races, will give them the security they seek.’
      • ‘I know they feel that they are entitled to a pension as of right.’
      • ‘Whilst children can now be tried as adults in Britain, they are often denied the type of legal protection that an older person could expect as of right.’
      • ‘Education, including higher education, belongs as of right to all who have the ability.’
      • ‘It is essential for the claimant to establish that, throughout the period of use, he has enjoyed the right he claims as of right.’
  • on the right side of

    • 1On the safe, appropriate, or desirable side of:

      ‘her portrayal of his neurotic wife falls just on the right side of caricature’
      • ‘A curious combination of the sweepingly monumental and the irascibly quirky - just on the right side of pretentious, some might say - awaits those prepared to give them a go.’
      • ‘On occasion this works fine: on Callier's Miles Davis tribute, 4 Miles, his backing band keep their solos just on the right side of overlong.’
      • ‘But anyone who's reached adulthood and remained on the right side of a pass mark is a pleasure to behold: the bright eyes, the confidence, the goodwill and good-heartedness.’
      • ‘Frears always keeps his drama on the right side of plausibility, if only by a whisker.’
      • ‘It's useful and desirable, while staying on the right side of fetishistic.’
      • ‘Fuel consumption is a good point and most owners should get well on the right side of 30 mpg, even when city driving predominates.’
      • ‘But it stays on the right side of the dividing line between decent value and overpriced, with a three-course meal coming in at around £25, plus wine and service.’
      • ‘There's a distinction between rehash and revision, though, and the Black Angels fall on the right side of that fence.’
      • ‘Jamie Bell, of Billy Elliot fame, in particular gives a very mature performance that rests just on the right side of quirky.’
      • ‘The motorway figure of 47 mpg shows the potential on long runs, so most owners should end up on the right side of 40 mpg.’
      • ‘Sounds to me like Krikorian has fully hedged his position so that he can be on the right side of this move either way.’
      1. 1.1In a position to be viewed with favour by:
        ‘he hasn't always remained on the right side of the law’
        • ‘I was on the winning side which just proves that it's best to be on the right side of the law!’
        • ‘Being in the commodities business, often combined with being on the right side of the political power structure, was the main factor deciding which Russians made the list - and who dropped down or off it.’
        • ‘It is difficult to see what an advertiser hoping to stay on the right side of Ofcom can usefully learn from these rulings, other than that you now need a PhD in gender studies before you can make an acceptable ad.’
        • ‘‘The first rule of a parliamentary candidate is ‘Get on the right side of the women’!’’
        • ‘Smaller companies confused by ever-changing employment laws can learn how to stay on the right side of new regulations at Business First 2004.’
        • ‘They took good care throughout their reign to keep on the right side of the British for reasons of self-preservation, as much as loyalty to the principle of perpetual friendship prescribed in the peace treaty.’
        • ‘Although hands-free equipment can keep drivers on the right side of the law, some experts have warned such kits ignore the spirit of the new legislation and still provide a distraction from the road.’
        • ‘These are the kinds of things that criminals do, yet these people are said to be on the right side of the law.’
        • ‘He said: ‘He wants to stay on the right side of the law.’’
        • ‘National park rangers have been demonstrating their latest piece of high-tech kit, which should help boat owners on Windermere stay on the right side of the law.’
        • ‘Consequently, companies took contribution holidays and/or took back some of the surpluses to keep on the right side of the Inland Revenue.’
      2. 1.2Somewhat less than (a specified age):
        ‘she's on the right side of forty’
        • ‘Will it be lineage, caste and community politics or being on the right side of thirty?’
        • ‘He is just about on the right side of 30 but he looks like he could go on for years yet.’
  • the right stuff

    • The necessary qualities for a given task or job:

      ‘he had the right stuff to enter this business’
      • ‘The acclaim she has won has deflected attention from her failings, particularly her indecisiveness in renouncing her claim which is an indication that she might not have had the right stuff to be prime minister.’
      • ‘Only time will tell whether ‘Robbo’ has the right stuff, but no one should be surprised when a 31-year-old flanker with a serious knee injury heaps praise on the man who picks the team.’
      • ‘However, I'm not sure I'm made of the right stuff.’
      • ‘In Cameron, he reckons, he has found someone with the right stuff to boost his European ambitions.’
      • ‘Thorpe looks to have the right stuff as does Vaughan.’
      • ‘According to Stephen Frost, the party's area agent, local opinion is divided about whether he has the right stuff to win back the seat.’
      • ‘I think he has the right stuff, but against McCullough, he's going to need it.’
      • ‘The key to this is having a strong development programme that will provide a steady stream of youngsters with the right stuff.’
      • ‘In the Democratic presidential race, retired General Wesley Clark is trying to show he has the right stuff to be commander in chief, including support within the military.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister likes to think he has the right stuff to make hard choices.’
  • put (or set) someone right

    • 1Restore someone to health:

      ‘a bath and cup of tea soon put me right’
      • ‘I always keep a packet of Kellogg's All Bran and whenever I am in danger, it puts me right again.’
      • ‘Having excited the driver's sympathy with this doleful mention of his wife we were driven round the corner to a cheerful looking café where the driver suggested we should have a cup of tea, because this was ‘sure to set us right.’’
    • 2Make someone understand the true facts of a situation:

      ‘let me put you right on some things’
      • ‘Feel free to disagree, tell us why we are wrong, and put us right.’
      • ‘Fellow Mammoth Ellie may think she is a giant-sized possum (one of the more irritating story elements), but once she is set right, there seems a fair chance that mammoths might not face extinction after all.’
      • ‘There were plenty of critics (including Goethe) who had noted the self-revelatory nature of Shakespeare's plays, and whose articles and commentaries could easily have set him right.’
      • ‘Get talking to the owner and he'll delight in putting you right about the ones you didn't know.’
      • ‘And who better to set them right than a former TV talk show host, Labour MP and newspaper commentator?’
      • ‘Based on earlier reports we incorrectly overestimated the capacity improvement of the new disk format, thanks for putting us right on that.’
      • ‘The ‘After Hours’ quote has the central character getting something a little wrong, and the character who does the correcting flatly and contemptuously sets him right.’
      • ‘Well of course, this email is irrelevant and what you have of course is the CEO of Customs, Mr Woodward, writing to the various newspapers, putting them right in this regard.’
      • ‘If you thought the British were a nation who never complained, Debbie Hurworth would soon be able to put you right.’
      • ‘If anyone is prone to believe this superstition, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable soon puts them right.’
  • put (or set) something to rights

    • Restore something to its correct or normal state:

      ‘the government attempted to put the economy to rights’
      • ‘That isolation ended several hours ago, when Mrs. Bunyip's baby brother, the self-styled computer expert, arrived to set things to rights.’
      • ‘Fortunately, Graham is understanding and, when he comes home and finds a cobweb here and an unswept patch there he waits until I'm not looking and puts it to rights for me.’
      • ‘It rather gives the lie to the notion of him as the swaggering self-confident leader of a superpower putting the world to rights.’
      • ‘Fear not, there's a spray that puts it to rights.’
      • ‘Hopefully that will put my brain to rights (or, sleep, most likely).’
      • ‘Marie said: ‘Brian was a very proud man who always tried to put the world to rights.’’
      • ‘He also spoke with undisguised passion about doing good works - displaying all of the principled enthusiasm for setting the world to rights that we should hope to instil in all of our young people.’
      • ‘I also need to buy groceries and continue setting up - I've taken a day off this week from putting my apartment to rights, but that's not the way to get rid of the boxes.’
      • ‘We don't need Europe to put the world to rights for us either.’
      • ‘We used to spend our nights drinking red wine and putting the world to rights.’
      remedy, put right, set right, set to rights, rectify, retrieve, solve, fix, resolve, sort out, put in order
      straighten out, deal with, correct, repair, mend, redress, make good
      improve, amend, ameliorate, make better, better
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  • (as) right as rain

    • informal (of a person) feeling completely well or healthy:

      ‘he'll be as right as rain in a day or two’
      healthy, well, fit, fighting fit, in good health, bursting with health, in excellent shape, in fine fettle, fit as a fiddle, fit as a flea, in tip-top condition
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  • right away

    • see omitted unresolving XREF to "straight away" at straight
      • ‘Now what I notice straight off, is that the pentacle forms in each are facing the same direction, based on the map's key for North.’
      • ‘Okay, it might not be perfect straight away but if he moved back in immediately they could work at it.’
      • ‘I should say straight off that I belong to that small and ever-dwindling group of people who do not own mobile phones.’
      • ‘But they have to head straight off to another appointment: a remix session with their friend Mark Behler.’
      • ‘A candidate would need 51 percent of the vote to win the presidential election straight off.’
      • ‘We got on well together immediately and felt like we knew each other right away.’
      • ‘There are a few things you will notice straight off from looking at the specifications.’
      • ‘It will be hard fitting in straight away but hopefully I should be able to get going quickly.’
      • ‘Chris walked into the office and stopped right away noticing we were both staring at him.’
      • ‘Now it has been brought to my notice it will be investigated right away.’
      at once, straight away, now, right now, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant, immediately, instantly, in a flash, like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further ado, without more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed
      in short order
      tout de suite
      straight off, toot sweet, double quick, in double quick time, pronto, before you can say jack robinson, from the word go
      lickety-split
      ekdam
      straight, straightway, instanter, forthright
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  • right enough

    • informal Certainly; undeniably:

      ‘your record's bad right enough’
      • ‘‘It may be a fine building, right enough,’ said one grey-bearded spectator, standing outside the public entrance.’
      • ‘Well, if my guess is correct, this could have been the weapon, right enough.’
      • ‘It's a brilliant and very weird piece of film-making, right enough, and the soundtrack's excellent.’
      • ‘I nearly collapse afterwards, right enough, but I'm getting there.’
      • ‘And right enough it happened - the gaffer got the phone call.’
      • ‘Those lines can be a bit difficult, right enough.’
      • ‘It is getting pretty noisy round here right enough as one of neighbours up the hill seems to have invested in a cockerel.’
      • ‘It will be nice to see him before the whistle goes, right enough.’
      • ‘They stood up to the occasion, right enough, but all over the pitch, in conditions more conducive to ice-skating, players from both sides were going down.’
      • ‘It was a bit rum, right enough: the two had become very firm friends since meeting when the boy was stricken with cancer.’
  • right on

    • informal Used as an expression of strong support, approval, or encouragement.

      See also right-on
  • a right one

    • informal A silly or foolish person.

      • ‘Well, there's been a few wrong ‘uns at the Lane of late and now the hot seat's got a right one in it!’
  • right side out

    • With the side intended to be seen or used uppermost:

      ‘turn the skirt right side out’
  • she's (or she'll be) right

    • informal That will be all right; don't worry.

      • ‘So during this week's slapdash, hit and miss, ‘no worries, she'll be right mate’ transit, your attention to detail and procedure is going to be deeply appreciated.’
      • ‘This is in the space of a few weeks, we got this incredible turnaround of the Council officers telling us, ‘Yes, yes, she'll be right, we'll be under way soon ’, and then we get hit in the face with this.’
      • ‘You just can't keep saying ‘Oh well, she'll be right, you know, we'll throw a few in a zoo and it'll be great’.’
      • ‘And when the light flicker, just as the plane is struck by lightning, you can turn to them and say, honestly I might add: ‘No worries mate, she'll be right’.’
      • ‘He looked at me, scarcely able to conceal his amusement, and said, ‘Don't worry, she'll be right, Pop, I'll keep a good eye on things.’’
      • ‘When fear, despair, anger or sadness threaten, all you have to do is compose a short sentence and she'll be right.’
  • too right

    • informal Used to express one's enthusiastic agreement with a statement.

      • ‘This is another one of those ‘ocker Aussie characters’ being played by a drama school graduate whose idea of acting is to stomp around grunting ‘g'day scrubber, too right mate.’’
      • ‘In news, Toploader say they've been ‘lucky’ - too right, mate.’

Origin

Old English riht (adjective and noun), rihtan (verb), rihte (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Latin rectus ruled, from an Indo-European root denoting movement in a straight line.

Pronunciation:

right

/rʌɪt/