|a.||1.||Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line.|
|2.||Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.|
|2.||Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right man in the right place; the right way from London to Oxford.|
|3.||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.|
|5.||Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not spurious.|
|6.||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.|
|7.||Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.|
|8.||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.|
|9.||Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well regulated; correctly done.|
|10.||Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side of a piece of cloth.|
|adv.||1.||In a right manner.|
|2.||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.|
|4.||According to the law or will of God; conforming to the standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live right; to judge right.|
|5.||According to any rule of art; correctly.|
|6.||According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really; correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right.|
|7.||In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely; highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant.|
|n.||1.||That which is right or correct.|
|2.||A just judgment or action; that which is true or proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.|
|2.||That to which one has a just claim.|
|3.||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.|
|3.||The right side; the side opposite to the left.|
|4.||Privilege or immunity granted by authority.|
|4.||In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists. See Center, 5.|
|5.||The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of cloth, a carpet, etc.|
|v. t.||1.||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.|
|2.||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.|
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.
|v. i.||1.||To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to become upright.|
|2.||(Naut.) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or boat, after careening.|
|Noun||1.||right - 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"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"|
|2.||right - (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights"|
|3.||right - 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"|
left - location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east; "she stood on the left"
|4.||right - a turn to the right; "take a right at the corner"|
|5.||right - those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged|
Synonyms: right wing
|6.||right - anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"|
|7.||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"|
Synonyms: right hand
|8.||right - the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right|
Synonyms: right field
|Verb||1.||right - make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"|
wrong - treat unjustly; do wrong to
|2.||right - put in or restore to an upright position; "They righted the sailboat that had capsized"|
|3.||right - regain an upright or proper position; "The capsized boat righted again"|
|4.||right - make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"|
|Adj.||1.||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"|
|2.||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"|
left - being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north; "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
|3.||right - socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior"|
|4.||right - in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"|
wrong - contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
|5.||right - correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right"|
wrong - based on or acting or judging in error; "it is wrong to think that way"
|6.||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"|
|7.||right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right|
|8.||right - in or into a satisfactory condition; "things are right again now"; "put things right"|
|9.||right - intended for the right hand; "a right-hand glove"|
|10.||right - in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open oysters"|
|11.||right - having the axis perpendicular to the base; "a right angle"|
|12.||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"|
|13.||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"|
|Adv.||1.||right - precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"|
|2.||right - immediately; "she called right after dinner"|
|3.||right - exactly; "he fell flop on his face"|
|4.||right - toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the party has moved right"|
left - toward or on the left; also used figuratively; "he looked right and left"; "the political party has moved left"
|5.||right - in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"|
|6.||right - an interjection expressing agreement|
Synonyms: right on
|7.||right - completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the trap"|
|8.||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"|
|9.||right - in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves him right"; "do right by him"|
|10.||right - in a correct manner; "he guessed right"|
RIGHT. This word is used in various senses: 1. Sometimes it signifies a law,
as when we say that natural right requires us to keep our promises, or that
it commands restitution, or that it forbids murder. In our language it is
seldom used in this sense. 2. It sometimes means that quality in our actions
by which they are denominated just ones. This is usually denominated
rectitude. 3. It is that quality in a person by which he can do certain
actions, or possess certain things which belong to him by virtue of some
title. In this sense, we use it when we say that a man has a right to his
estate or a right to defend himself. Ruth, Inst. c. 2, Sec. 1, 2, 3;
Merlin,; Repert. de Jurisp. mot Droit. See Wood's Inst. 119.
2. In this latter sense alone, will this word be here considered. Right is the correlative of duty, for, wherever one has a right due to him, some other must owe him a duty. 1 Toull. n. 96.
3. Rights are perfect and imperfect. When the things which we have a right to possess or the actions we have a right to do, are or may be fixed and determinate, the right is a perfect one; but when the thing or the actions are vague and indeterminate, the right is an imperfect one. If a man demand his property, which is withheld from him, the right that supports his demand is a perfect one; because the thing demanded is, or may be fixed and determinate.
4. But if a poor man ask relief from those from whom he has reason to expect it, the right, which supports his petition, is an imperfect one; because the relief which he expects, is a vague indeterminate, thing. Ruth. Inst. c. 2, Sec. 4; Grot. lib. 1, c. Sec. 4.
5. Rights are also absolute and qualified. A man has an absolute right to recover property which belongs to him; an agent has a qualified right to recover such property, when it had been entrusted to his care, and which has been unlawfully taken out of his possession. Vide Trover.
6. Rights might with propriety be also divided into natural and civil rights but as all the rights which man has received from nature have been modified and acquired anew from the civil law, it is more proper, when considering their object, to divide them into political and civil rights.
7. Political rights consist in the power to participate, directly or indirectly, in the establishment or management of government. These political rights are fixed by the constitution. Every citizen has the right of voting for public officers, and of being elected; these are the political rights which the humblest citizen possesses.
8. Civil rights are those which have no relation to the establishment, support, or management of the government. These consist in the power of acquiring and enjoying property, of exercising the paternal and marital powers, and the like. It will be observed that every one, unless deprived of them by a sentence of civil death, is in the enjoyment of his civil rights, which is not the case with political rights; for an alien, for example, has no political, although in the full enjoyment of his civil rights.
9. These latter rights are divided into absolute and relative. The absolute rights of mankind may be reduced to three principal or primary articles: the right of personal security, which consists in a person's legal and uninterrupted enjoyment of his life, his limbs, his body, his health, and his reputation; the right of personal liberty, which consists in the power of locomotion, of changing situation, or removing one's person to whatsoever place one's inclination may direct, without any restraint, unless by due course of law; the right of property, which consists in the free use, enjoyment, and disposal of all his acquisitions, without any control or diminution, save only by the laws of the land. 1 Bl. 124 to 139.
10. The relative rights are public or private: the first are those which subsist between the people and the government, as the right of protection on the part of the people, and the right of allegiance which is due by the people to the government; the second are the reciprocal rights of husband and wife, parent and child, guardian and ward, and master and servant.
11. Rights are also divided into legal and equitable. The former are those where the party has the legal title to a thing, and in that case, his remedy for an infringement of it, is by an action in a court of law. Although the person holding the legal title may have no actual interest, but hold only as trustee, the suit must be in his name, and not in general, in that of the cestui que trust. 1 East, 497 8 T. R. 332; 1 Saund. 158, n. 1; 2 Bing. 20. The latter, or equitable rights, are those which may be enforced in a court of equity by the cestui que trust. See, generally, Bouv. Ins t. Index, h.t. Remedy.