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Right vs. Wright: Know the Difference

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"Right" refers to a moral or legal entitlement, correctness, or direction opposite of left, while "Wright" is an occupational surname originally meaning a builder or craftsman.
Right vs. Wright

Key Differences

Right encompasses a range of meanings, including adherence to moral and legal principles, correctness, or being factually accurate. In contrast, Wright is a surname that historically denoted a person who constructs or repairs something, often used in combination with their craft, like wheelwright or shipwright.
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The word "right" is versatile, also referring to the direction opposite of left, and can signify entitlement or privilege, such as human rights. Wright, however, specifically refers to a maker or builder in various traditional trades.
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In a legal and ethical context, right relates to what is fair, just, or deserved. Wright is an occupational term, its use largely historical, describing someone skilled in a particular craft or trade.
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Right is also used in the context of confirming the correctness of an action, decision, or judgment. Wright, being a surname, is associated with identity and lineage, particularly in English-speaking cultures.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Moral/legal entitlement, correctness, direction.
Occupational surname for a builder/craftsman.
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Usage Context

Ethical, directional, entitlement.
Occupational, historical, lineage.
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Examples

Human rights, right-hand side.
Shipwright, playwright.
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Associated Concepts

Justice, accuracy, directionality.
Craftsmanship, construction, trade skills.
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Linguistic Category

Noun, adjective, adverb.
Noun (surname).
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Right and Wright Definitions

Right

Factually true or correct.
Her answer was right.
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Wright

A person who creates or repairs something.
A playwright writes and crafts plays.
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Right

In a satisfactory, proper, or desired manner.
The machine is working right now.
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Wright

A craftsman who constructs.
The shipwright specialized in wooden boats.
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Right

A legal entitlement or claim.
They fought for their right to vote.
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Traditionally, one skilled in a particular manual art or industry.
The millwright maintained the windmill.
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Right

Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality
Do the right thing and confess.
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Wright

A maker or builder, especially in a specific trade.
The wheelwright repaired the old cart.
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Right

In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct
The right answer.
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Wright

One that constructs or repairs something. Often used in combination
A playwright.
A shipwright.
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Right

Fitting, proper, or appropriate
It is not right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
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Wright

(obsolete) A builder or maker of something.
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Right

Most favorable, desirable, or convenient
The right time to act.
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Wright

One who is engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business; an artificer; a workman; a manufacturer; a mechanic; esp., a worker in wood; - now chiefly used in compounds, as in millwright, wheelwright, etc.
He was a well good wright, a carpenter.
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Right

In or into a satisfactory state or condition
Put things right.
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Wright

United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
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Right

In good mental or physical health or order.
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Wright

United States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression of African Americans (1908-1960)
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Right

Intended to be worn or positioned facing outward or toward an observer
The right side of the dress.
Made sure that the right side of the fabric was visible.
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Wright

United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912)
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Right

Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the south when the subject is facing east.
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United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948)
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Right

Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the right side.
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Influential United States architect (1869-1959)
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Right

Located on the right side of a person facing downstream
The right bank of a river.
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Wright

United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)
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Right

Often Right Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right.
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Someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
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Formed by or in reference to a line or plane that is perpendicular to another line or plane.
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An occupational surname.
The Wright family had a history of carpentry.
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Right

Having the axis perpendicular to the base
Right cone.
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Having a right angle
A right triangle.
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Straight; uncurved; direct
A right line.
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(Archaic) Not spurious; genuine.
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That which is just, moral, or proper.
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The direction or position on the right side.
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The right side.
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The right hand.
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A turn in the direction of the right hand or side.
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The people and groups who advocate the adoption of conservative or reactionary measures, especially in government and politics. Also called right wing.
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The opinion of those advocating such measures.
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(Sports) A blow delivered by a boxer's right hand.
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(Baseball) Right field.
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A just or legal claim or title.
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Something that is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature.
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Something, especially humane treatment, claimed to be due to animals by moral principle.
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An existing stockholder's legally protected claim to purchase additional shares in a corporation ahead of those who are not currently stockholders, especially at a cost lower than market value.
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The negotiable paper on which such an entitlement is indicated.
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Toward or on the right.
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In a straight line; directly
Went right to school.
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In the proper or desired manner; well
The jacket doesn't fit right.
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Exactly; just
The accident happened right over there.
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Immediately
Called me right after dinner.
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Completely; quite
The icy wind blew right through me.
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According to law, morality, or justice.
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Accurately; correctly
Answered the question right.
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Chiefly Southern US Considerably; very
They have a right nice place.
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Used as an intensive
Kept right on going.
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Used in titles
The Right Reverend Jane Smith.
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Right

To put in or restore to an upright or proper position
They righted their boat.
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To put in order or set right; correct
Measures designed to right generations of unfair labor practices.
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To make reparation or amends for; redress
Right a wrong.
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To regain an upright or proper position.
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(archaic) Straight, not bent.
A right line
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(geometry) Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall.
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(geometry) Of a geometric figure, incorporating a right angle between edges, faces, axes, etc.
A right triangle, a right prism, a right cone
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Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along.
It's not right that one person gets all the credit for the group's work.
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Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
Is this the right software for my computer?
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Healthy, sane, competent.
I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind.
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Real; veritable (used emphatically).
You've made a right mess of the kitchen!
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(Australia) All right; not requiring assistance.
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(dated) Most favourable or convenient; fortunate.
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Right

Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the reader's right: →
After the accident, her right leg was slightly shorter than her left.
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(geography) Designating the bank of a river (etc.) on one's right when facing downstream (i.e. facing forward while floating with the current); that is, the south bank of a river that flows eastward. If this arrow: ⥴ shows the direction of the current, the tilde is on the right side of the river.
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Right

Designed to be placed or worn outward.
The right side of a piece of cloth
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(politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
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On the right side.
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Towards the right side.
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Right

Exactly, precisely.
The arrow landed right in the middle of the target.
Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film.
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Immediately, directly.
Can't you see it? It's right beside you!
Tom was standing right in front of the TV, blocking everyone's view.
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Very, extremely, quite.
I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I?
I stubbed my toe a week ago and it still hurts right much.
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According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really.
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In a correct manner.
Do it right or don't do it at all.
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Right

To a great extent or degree.
Sir, I am right glad to meet you …
Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci.
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Right

Yes, that is correct; I agree.
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I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion.
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Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
- After that interview, I don't think we should hire her.
- Right — who wants lunch?
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Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance.
You're going, right?
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Used to add seriousness or decisiveness before a statement.
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That which complies with justice, law or reason.
We're on the side of right in this contest.
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A legal, just or moral entitlement.
You have no right to go through my personal diary.
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The right side or direction.
The pharmacy is just on the right past the bookshop.
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The right hand or fist.
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The authority to perform, publish, film, or televise a particular work, event, etc.; a copyright.
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(politics) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
The political right holds too much power.
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The outward or most finished surface, as of a coin, piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
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(surfing) A wave breaking from right to left (viewed from the shore).
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(transitive) To correct.
Righting all the wrongs of the war immediately will be impossible.
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(transitive) To set upright.
The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
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(intransitive) To return to normal upright position.
When the wind died down, the ship righted.
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(transitive) To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of.
To right the oppressed
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Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line.
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Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
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Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford.
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Conformed to the constitution of man and the will of God, or to justice and equity; not deviating from the true and just; according with truth and duty; just; true.
That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is absolutely right, and is called right simply without relation to a special end.
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Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious.
In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly manifested themselves to be right barbarians.
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According with truth; passing a true judgment; conforming to fact or intent; not mistaken or wrong; not erroneous; correct; as, this is the right faith.
You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.
If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is . . . right, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die."
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Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
The lady has been disappointed on the right side.
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Right

Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action is usually stronger than on the other side; - opposed to left when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the right side, hand, arm. Also applied to the corresponding side of the lower animals.
Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.
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Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.
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Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth.
"Right," cries his lordship.
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In a right manner.
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In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide.
Unto Dian's temple goeth she right.
Let thine eyes look right on.
Right across its track there lay,Down in the water, a long reef of gold.
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Exactly; just.
Came he right now to sing a raven's note?
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According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right.
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According to any rule of art; correctly.
You with strict discipline instructed right.
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According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right.
Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye.
His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.
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In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant.
For which I should be right sorry.
[I] return those duties back as are right fit.
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Right

That which is right or correct.
Seldom your opinions err;Your eyes are always in the right.
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A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
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Right

That to which one has a just claim.
There are no rights whatever, without corresponding duties.
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That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a right to arrest a criminal.
Born free, he sought his right.
Hast thou not right to all created things?
Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
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The right side; the side opposite to the left.
Led her to the Souldan's right.
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Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
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In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5.
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The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.
He should himself use it by right.
I should have been a woman by right.
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To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to set upright; to make right or straight (that which has been wrong or crooked); to correct.
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To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate.
So just is God, to right the innocent.
All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.
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Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.
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An abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature;
They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people
A right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away
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(frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing;
Mineral rights
Film rights
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Location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east;
He stood on the right
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A turn to the right;
Take a right at the corner
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Those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
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Anything in accord with principles of justice;
He feels he is in the right
The rightfulness of his claim
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Right

The hand that is on the right side of the body;
He writes with his right hand but pitches with his left
Hit him with quick rights to the body
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The piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
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Make reparations or amends for;
Right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust
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Put in or restore to an upright position;
They righted the sailboat that had capsized
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Right

Regain an upright or proper position;
The capsized boat righted again
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Right

Make right or correct;
Correct the mistakes
Rectify the calculation
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Right

Free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth;
The correct answer
The correct version
The right answer
Took the right road
The right decision
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Right

Being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the east when facing north;
My right hand
Right center field
A right-hand turn
The right bank of a river is the bank on your right side when you are facing downstream
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Right

Socially right or correct;
It isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye
Correct behavior
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Right

In conformance with justice or law or morality;
Do the right thing and confess
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Right

Correct in opinion or judgment;
Time proved him right
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Right

Appropriate for a condition or occasion;
Everything in its proper place
The right man for the job
She is not suitable for the position
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Right

Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
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Right

In or into a satisfactory condition;
Things are right again now
Put things right
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Right

Intended for the right hand;
A right-hand glove
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Right

In accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure;
What's the right word for this?
The right way to open oysters
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Right

Having the axis perpendicular to the base;
A right angle
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Right

Of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face outward;
The right side of the cloth showed the pattern
Be sure your shirt is right side out
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Right

Most suitable or right for a particular purpose;
A good time to plant tomatoes
The right time to act
The time is ripe for great sociological changes
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Right

Precisely, exactly;
Stand right here!
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Right

Immediately;
She called right after dinner
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Right

Exactly;
He fell flop on his face
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Right

Toward or on the right; also used figuratively;
He looked right and left
The party has moved right
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Right

In the right manner;
Please do your job properly!
Can't you carry me decent?
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Right

An interjection expressing agreement
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Right

Completely;
She felt right at home
He fell right into the trap
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Right

(Southern regional intensive) very;
The baby is mighty cute
He's mighty tired
It is powerful humid
That boy is powerful big now
They have a right nice place
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Right

In accordance with moral or social standards;
That serves him right
Do right by him
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Right

In a correct manner;
He guessed right
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Right

Morally good, justified, or acceptable.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental right.
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Right

The opposite direction of left.
Turn right at the next street.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can "right" mean correct?

Yes, "right" can mean correct or accurate.
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Can "Wright" refer to a profession?

Historically, "Wright" referred to various building and crafting professions.
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What does "right" mean in legal terms?

In legal terms, "right" refers to a lawful claim or entitlement.
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Is "Wright" a common surname?

Yes, "Wright" is a relatively common surname, especially in English-speaking countries.
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What is a shipwright?

A shipwright is a craftsman who builds and repairs ships.
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Can "right" be used as a noun to mean a legal entitlement?

Yes, "right" can be used as a noun to mean a legal entitlement or privilege.
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How is "right" used in human rights?

In human rights, "right" refers to fundamental freedoms and entitlements.
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What did a wheelwright do?

A wheelwright was skilled in making and repairing wheels.
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Is "right" used in navigation?

Yes, "right" is used to indicate direction, opposite of left.
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Can "wright" be added to any trade or craft to form a word?

It can be added to many trades or crafts, but not all, and its usage may vary.
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Are there any famous figures with "wright" in their names?

Yes, famous figures like the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville Wright) were pioneers in aviation.
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Is "right" also used to describe a political ideology?

Yes, "right" can refer to a political ideology that leans toward conservatism or traditional values.
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Is "right" used to express agreement or confirmation?

Yes, saying "right" can be used to express agreement or confirmation in conversation.
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What does "human rights" mean?

"Human rights" are fundamental rights and freedoms that every person is entitled to, regardless of their nationality, race, or beliefs.
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What's the opposite of "right" as in the direction?

The opposite of "right" in terms of direction is "left."
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Is "wright" used in modern English to create new words?

While "wright" is less common in modern language, it is still used to create specific job-related compound words, but the practice has somewhat diminished.
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Is "wright" related to "write" in any way?

No, "wright" is not related to "write." "Write" comes from Old English "writan," meaning "to inscribe with letters," while "wright" comes from Old English "wyrhta," meaning "worker" or "craftsman."
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