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Usage statistics for the adjective right:

spoken English78.64%written English21.36% conversational speech55.66%task-oriented speech44.34% imaginative writing65.08%informational writing34.92%
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Right is sometimes a misspelling of regained or write.

The word right is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun right

What does right mean as a name of something?

Right is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • right: rights
  • Right: Rights

  1. an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
    • examples: 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 | a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: abstract / abstraction = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    • more specific terms:
      • access = the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something
      • advowson = the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
      • cabotage = the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders
      • claim / title = an informal right to something
      • due = that which is deserved or owed
      • admittance / accession / admission / access / entree = the right to enter
      • floor = the parliamentary right to address an assembly
      • grant = a right or privilege that has been granted
      • human right = any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere
      • legal right = a right based in law
      • pre-emption / preemption = the right to purchase something in advance of others
      • exclusive right / prerogative / perquisite / privilege = a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group
      • privilege = the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
      • representation = the right of being represented by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body
      • right of action = the legal right to sue
      • right of search = the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the high seas in wartime and search them
      • right of way = the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another
      • states' rights = the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution
      • voting right = the right to vote
      • riparian right / water right = right of access to water
  2. location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
    • example: he stood on the right
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • antonym: left
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
    • more specific terms: right stage / stage right = the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience
  3. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
  4. those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of right: right wing
    • more generic words: faction / sect = a dissenting clique
    • more specific terms:
      • religious right = United States political faction that advocates social and political conservativism, school prayer, and federal aid for religious groups and schools
      • hard right = the extreme right wing
  5. the hand that is on the right side of the body
    • examples: he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left | hit him with quick rights to the body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of right: right hand
    • more generic words: hand / manus / mitt / paw = the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  6. a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east
    • example: take a right at the corner
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: turn / turning = the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  7. anything in accord with principles of justice
    • example: he feels he is in the right
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of right: rightfulness
    • antonym of right: wrong
    • more generic words: justice / justness = the quality of being just or fair
  8. (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
    • examples: mineral rights | film rights
    • usage: plural / plural form
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic words: interest / stake = a right or legal share of something

Alternative definition of the noun right


  1. That which complies with justice, law or reason.
  2. A legal or moral entitlement.
  3. The right side or direction.
  4. [context: Politics] The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.

Definition of the adjective right

What does right mean as an attribute of a noun?

Right is the 10th most common adjective. It is used mostly in speech, being the 2nd most common adjective in spoken English.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: righter | rightest

  1. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north
    • examples: 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
    • antonym: left
    • similar: far; rightmost; right-hand; starboard
    • attribute: position / place = the particular portion of space occupied by something
    • see also: right-handed
  2. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
  3. socially right or correct
    • example: it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye
    • synonym of right: correct
    • similar: proper
  4. in conformance with justice or law or morality
  5. correct in opinion or judgment
  6. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
  7. of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
  8. in or into a satisfactory condition
    • examples: things are right again now | put things right
    • similar: satisfactory
  9. intended for the right hand
    • example: a right-hand glove
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of right: right-hand
    • similar: right-handed
  10. in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure
    • examples: what's the right word for this? | the right way to open oysters
    • synonym of right: correct
    • similar: proper
  11. having the axis perpendicular to the base
  12. (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward
    • examples: the right side of the cloth showed the pattern | be sure your shirt is right side out
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: outside
  13. (informal) very; used informally as an intensifier
    • example: a right fine day
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • usage: colloquialism
    • synonym of right: one
    • similar: extraordinary
  14. most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  15. precisely accurate

Alternative definition of the adjective right


  1. [archaic] 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.
  3. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
  4. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
    • Healthy, sane, competent.
    • Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: →
    • [archaic, sometimes, used in titles] To a great extent or degree.
    • [context: Politics] Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
    • [Australia] All right; not requiring assistance

    Definition of the adverb right

    What does right mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


    1. precisely, exactly
      • example: stand right here!
    2. immediately
      • example: she called right after dinner
    3. exactly
    4. toward or on the right; also used figuratively
      • examples: he looked right and left | the party has moved right
      • antonym: left
    5. in the right manner; correctly; suitably
    6. an interjection expressing agreement
    7. (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree
    8. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
    9. in accordance with moral or social standards
      • examples: that serves him right | do right by him
      • synonym of right: justly
    10. in an accurate manner

    Alternative definition of the adverb right


    1. On the right side.
    2. Towards the right side.
    3. Exactly, precisely.
    4. [British, Southern US, Appalachian] Very, extremely, quite.
    5. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really
    6. In a correct manner.

    Definition of the verb right

    What does right mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: righted | righting | rights

    1. make reparations or amends for
    2. put in or restore to an upright position
      • example: They righted the sailboat that had capsized
      • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
      • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    3. regain an upright or proper position
      • example: The capsized boat righted again
      • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
      • more generic term: change posture = undergo a change in bodily posture
    4. make right or correct

    Alternative definition of the verb right


    1. To correct.
    2. To set upright.
    3. [intransitive] To return to normal upright position.

    Other definitions of right

    What does right also mean?


    1. Yes, that is correct; I agree.
    2. I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion.
    3. Signpost word used to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
    4. Used to check agreement at the end of a sentence.


    1. "Right" is a song written by David Bowie for his Young Americans album in 1975.
    2. "Right" is a musical single of Fake.
      • released in (31 years ago)
    3. "Right" a.k.a. "Right." is a musical album of Fall of Snow.
      • released on (6 years ago)
    4. "Right" is a musical single of The Sun Shipp.
    5. "Right" is a song by Bubba Sparxxx.


    "Right" is a 2008 short film directed by Scott Stark.

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    • released in (7 years ago)


    1. Right is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
    2. Right a.k.a. The Right is a fictional anti-mutant organization in the Marvel Comics universe. The group first appeared in X-Factor #17 in June 1987.
    3. Right is an extension.

    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Right

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    Google previewThe 30 Day MBA (2013)

    Your Fast Track Guide to Business Success by Colin Barrow

    For you the marketer, being right means that there have to be enough people wanting your product or service to make the venture profitable; and ideally those numbers should be getting bigger rather than smaller. So inevitably marketing is ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History (2011)

    by Stephen E Atkins

    Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. Bartley, Numan V. The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South During the 1950 's.

    Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

    by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

    D'Adamo with Catherine Whitney Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer, and Achieving Your Ideal Weight Cook Right 4 Your Type: The Practical Kitchen Companion to ...

    Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

    by Robert Ireland

    g describes the upper left primary first molar and describes the upper right second premolar. With the advent of electronic recording, the quadrant indicator may be replaced by UL, UR, LL, and LR to indicate the respective quadrants.

    Google previewDictionary of the Law of Scotland (1826)

    by Robert Bell

    under the right of itltimus harres ; or of bastardy, are all that truly constitute the reTenue of the Crown in Scotland. Lest the King, in the transference of the property thus Tested in the Crown, might be involved in questions arising from the ...

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    Usage statistics about right

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the adjective right:

    spoken English78.64%written English21.36% conversational speech55.66%task-oriented speech44.34% imaginative writing65.08%informational writing34.92%

    Usage statistics for the noun right:

    spoken English26.44%written English73.56% conversational speech19.9%task-oriented speech80.1% imaginative writing28.91%informational writing71.09%

    Comparison of usage frequency between the noun right and its most common antonyms:

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    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective right:


    Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective right and its most common antonyms:

    wrongright leftright

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb right:


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    Quotes about Right

    Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy. (Aristotle)
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    Scrabble value of R1I1G2H4T1

    The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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