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1‘the tea was all right’
satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, good enough, fairly good, fine, passable, reasonable, unobjectionable, suitable
informal OK, so-so
2‘are you sure you're all right?’
unhurt, uninjured, unscathed, in one piece, undamaged, safe, safe and sound, unharmed, alive and well, well, fine, out of danger, out of the wood, out of the woods
hurt, in danger
3‘it's all right for you to go now’
permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable
legal, lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, authorized, sanctioned, sanctionable, approved, above board, within accepted bounds
passable, tolerated, tolerable, proper, in order
excusable, pardonable, venial
informal OK, legit, kosher, pukka
1‘the system works all right’
satisfactorily, adequately, well enough, fairly well, fine, passably, acceptably, reasonably, unobjectionably, suitably
2‘it's him all right’
definitely, certainly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, positively, without doubt, without a doubt, beyond any doubt, beyond doubt, beyond question, unmistakably, indubitably, undeniably, beyond the shadow of a doubt, surely, assuredly
in truth, truly, really, in reality, actually, in fact
archaic forsooth, in sooth, verily
1‘all right, I'll go’
very well, very well then, fine, good, right, right then, yes, agreed
informal wilco, OK, oke, okey-dokey, okey-doke, roger
British informal righto, righty-ho
Indian informal acha
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