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accordance of rights

  • noun the act of granting rights
    accordance.
    • the accordance to Canada of rights of access
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all right

  • adjective satellite being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
    okay; hunky-dory; o.k.; ok; fine.
    • an all-right movie
    • the passengers were shaken up but are all right
    • is everything all right?
    • everything's fine
    • things are okay
    • dinner and the movies had been fine
    • another minute I'd have been fine
  • adverb an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence
    alright; OK; fine; very well.
  • adverb without doubt (used to reinforce an assertion)
    alright.
    • it's expensive all right
  • adverb in a satisfactory or adequate manner; (`alright' is a nonstandard variant of `all right')
    alright; O.K.; okay.
    • she'll do okay on her own
    • held up all right under pressure
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Anon right

  • at once; right off. Obs. Chaucer.
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At all right

  • at all points; in all respects. Obs. Chaucer.
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At right angles

  • so as to form a right angle or right angles, as when one line crosses another perpendicularly.
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Bill of rights

  • noun a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
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  • a summary of rights and privileges claimed by a people. Such was the declaration presented by the Lords and Commons of England to the Prince and Princess of Orange in 1688, and enacted in Parliament after they became king and queen. In America, a bill or declaration of rights is prefixed to most of the constitutions of the several States.
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By right, By rights, ∨ By good rights

  • rightly; properly; correctly.
    He should himself use it by right. Chaucer.
    I should have been a woman by right. Shak.
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by right of office

  • adverb by virtue of position
    ex officio.
    • the president sat on the committee ex officio
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by rights

  • adverb with reason or justice
    properly.
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civil right

  • noun right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
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civil rights activist

  • noun a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
    civil rights activist; civil rights leader.
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civil rights leader

  • noun a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
    civil rights activist; civil rights leader.
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civil rights movement

  • noun movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens
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civil rights worker

  • noun a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
    civil rights activist; civil rights leader.
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commission on human rights

  • noun the commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is concerned with human rights
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conjugal right

  • noun the right of married persons to the enjoyment of association and sympathy and confidence and domestic happiness and the comfort of living together and eating meals at the same table and profiting from joint property right and the intimacies of domestic relations
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conjugal visitation right

  • noun the legal right in a prison for the inmate and spouse to have sexual intercourse
    conjugal visitation.
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Declaration of rights

  • . (Eng. Hist) See Bill of rights, under Bill.
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Divine right

  • noun the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes
    divine right.
    • the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century
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Divine right of kings

  • noun the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes
    divine right.
    • the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century
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  • a name given to the patriarchal theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience of the people.
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exclusive right

  • noun a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
    privilege; prerogative; perquisite.
    • suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males
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extreme right-winger

  • noun an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
    ultraconservative; reactionary.
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far-right

  • adjective satellite extremely conservative
    reactionist; reactionary.
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hard right

  • noun the extreme right wing
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Heritable rights

  • (Scots Law), rights of the heir; rights to land or whatever may be intimately connected with land; realty.
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human right

  • noun (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
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in her own right

  • adverb by reason of one's own ability or ownership etc.
    in its own right; in his own right; in her own right.
    • she's a rich woman in her own right rather than by inheritance
    • an excellent novel in its own right
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in her right mind

  • adjective satellite behaving responsibly
    in her right mind; in his right mind.
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in his own right

  • adverb by reason of one's own ability or ownership etc.
    in its own right; in his own right; in her own right.
    • she's a rich woman in her own right rather than by inheritance
    • an excellent novel in its own right
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in his right mind

  • adjective satellite behaving responsibly
    in her right mind; in his right mind.
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in its own right

  • adverb by reason of one's own ability or ownership etc.
    in its own right; in his own right; in her own right.
    • she's a rich woman in her own right rather than by inheritance
    • an excellent novel in its own right
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in one's own right

  • adverb by reason of one's own ability or ownership etc.
    in its own right; in his own right; in her own right.
    • she's a rich woman in her own right rather than by inheritance
    • an excellent novel in its own right
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in their right minds

  • adjective satellite behaving responsibly
    in her right mind; in his right mind.
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just right

  • adverb in every detail
    to a T; to perfection; to the letter.
    • the new house suited them to a T
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  • noun a right based in law
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Mineral right

  • the right of taking minerals from land.
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own right

  • noun by title vested in yourself or by virtue of qualifications that you have achieved
    • a peer in his own right
    • a leading sports figure in his own right
    • a fine opera in its own right
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Patent right

  • noun the right granted by a patent; especially the exclusive right to an invention
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  • . (a) The exclusive right to an invention, and the control of its manufacture . (b) (Law) The right, granted by the sovereign, of exclusive control of some business of manufacture, or of the sale of certain articles, or of certain offices or prerogatives.
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Personal rights

  • rights appertaining to the person; as, the rights of a personal security, personal liberty, and private property.
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Petition of right

  • (Law), a petition to obtain possession or restitution of property, either real or personal, from the Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the petition itself. Mozley & W.
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preemptive right

  • noun the right granting to shareholders the first opportunity to buy a new issue of stock; provides protection against dilution of the shareholder's ownership interest
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property right

  • noun the legal right of ownership
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put right

  • verb settle or put right
    straighten out; iron out.
    • we need to iron out our disagreements
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Pygmy right whale

  • (Zoöl.), a small New Zealand whale (Neobalæna marginata) which is only about sixteen feet long. It produces short, but very elastic and tough, whalebone.
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Refraction of latitude, longitude, declination, right ascension

  • etc., the change in the apparent latitude, longitude, etc., of a heavenly body, due to the effect of atmospheric refraction.
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religious right

  • noun United States political faction that advocates social and political conservativism, school prayer, and federal aid for religious groups and schools
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Right along

  • adverb all the time or over a period of time
    all along.
    • She had known all along
    • the hope had been there all along
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  • without cessation; continuously; as, to work right along for several hours. Colloq. U.S.
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Right and left

  • in both or all directions. Colloq.
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Right and left coupling

  • (Pipe fitting), a coupling the opposite ends of which are tapped for a right-handed screw and a left-handed screw, respectivelly.
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Right angle

  • noun the 90 degree angle between two perpendicular lines
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  • . (a) The angle formed by one line meeting another perpendicularly, as the angles ABD, DBC. (b) (Spherics) A spherical angle included between the axes of two great circles whose planes are perpendicular to each other.
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Right ascension

  • noun (astronomy) the equatorial coordinate specifying the angle, measured eastward along the celestial equator, from the vernal equinox to the intersection of the hour circle that passes through an object in the sky; usually expressed in hours and minutes and seconds; used with declination to specify positions on the celestial sphere
    celestial longitude; RA.
    • one hour of right ascension equals fifteen degrees
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  • . See under Ascension.
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right atrioventricular valve

  • noun valve with three cusps; situated between the right atrium and the right ventricle; allows blood to pass from atrium to ventricle and closes to prevent backflow when the ventricle contracts
    tricuspid valve.
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right atrium

  • noun the right upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the venae cavae and coronary sinus
    atrium dextrum; right atrium.
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right atrium of the heart

  • noun the right upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the venae cavae and coronary sinus
    atrium dextrum; right atrium.
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right away

  • adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    straightaway; forthwith; like a shot; at once; straight off; directly; immediately; now; instantly.
    • he answered immediately
    • found an answer straightaway
    • an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith
    • Come here now!
  • adverb at once (usually modifies an undesirable occurrence)
    promptly.
    • he promptly forgot the address
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Right away, ∨ Right off

  • at once; straightway; without delay. Colloq. U.S. "We will . . . shut ourselves up in the office and do the work right off." D. Webster.
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right bank

  • noun the region of Paris on the north bank of the Seine
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right brain

  • noun the cerebral hemisphere to the right of the corpus callosum that controls the left half of the body
    right brain.
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Right Center

  • (Politics), those members belonging to the Center in a legislative assembly who have sympathies with the Right on political questions. See Center, n., 5.
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Right cone, Right cylinder, Right prism, Right pyramid

  • (Geom.), a cone, cylinder, prism, or pyramid, the axis of which is perpendicular to the base.
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right coronary artery

  • noun arises from the right aortic sinus; supplies the right side of the heart
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right field

  • noun the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
    rightfield; right.
  • noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the right third of the outfield (looking from home plate)
    rightfield.
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right fielder

  • noun the person who plays right field
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right gastric artery

  • noun a branch of the hepatic artery that supplies the pyloric portion of the stomach on the lesser curvature
    ateria gastrica dextra.
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right gastric vein

  • noun receives veins from the upper surfaces of the stomach and empties into the portal vein
    pyloric vein; vena gastrica-dextra.
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right hand

  • noun the hand that is on the right side of the body
    right.
    • he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left
    • hit him with quick rights to the body
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right hander

  • noun a person who uses the right hand more skillfully than the left
    righthander; right hander.
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right hemisphere

  • noun the cerebral hemisphere to the right of the corpus callosum that controls the left half of the body
    right brain.
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Right honorable

  • a title given in England to peers and peeresses, to the eldest sons and all daughters of such peers as have rank above viscounts, and to all privy councilors; also, to certain civic officers, as the lord mayor of London, of York, and of Dublin.
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Right line

  • . See under Line.
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right of action

  • noun the legal right to sue
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right of election

  • noun in probate law: the legal right of a surviving spouse to elect to take either what the deceased spouse gave under the will or the share of the estate as set forth by statute
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right of entry

  • noun the legal right to take possession of real estate in a peaceable manner
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right of first publication

  • noun a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
    copyright.
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right of offset

  • noun (banking) the legal right of a bank to seize deposited funds to cover a loan that is in default
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right of privacy

  • noun a legal right (not explicitly provided in the United States Constitution) to be left alone; the right to live life free from unwarranted publicity
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right of re-entry

  • noun the legal right to resume possession (a right that was reserved when a former possession was parted with)
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  • noun the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the high seas in wartime and search them
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right of way

  • noun the privilege of someone to pass over land belonging to someone else
  • noun the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another
  • noun the passage consisting of a path or strip of land over which someone has the legal right to pass
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right on

  • adverb an interjection expressing agreement
    right.
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Right sailing

  • (Naut.), sailing on one of the four cardinal points, so as to alter a ship's latitude or its longitude, but not both. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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right smart

  • adjective satellite (Southern or Midland) considerable
    • it's a right smart distance
  • adverb to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)
    way.
    • way over budget
    • way off base
    • the other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on
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Right sphere

  • (Astron. & Geol.), a sphere in such a position that the equator cuts the horizon at right angles; in spherical projections, that position of the sphere in which the primitive plane coincides with the plane of the equator.
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right stage

  • noun the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience
    right stage.
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right to an attorney

  • noun a civil right guaranteed by the 6th amendment to the US Constitution
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right to confront accusors

  • noun a right guaranteed by the 6th amendment to the US Constitution
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right to due process

  • noun a right guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution; reaffirmed by the Fourteenth Amendment
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right to liberty

  • noun the right to be free
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right to life

  • noun the right to live
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right to privacy

  • noun right to be free of unsanctioned intrusion
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right to speedy and public trial by jury

  • noun a civil right guaranteed by the 6th amendment to the US Constitution
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right to the pursuit of happiness

  • noun the right to try to find happiness
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right to vote

  • noun a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment
    vote; suffrage.
    • American women got the vote in 1920
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right triangle

  • noun a triangle with one right angle
    right triangle.
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right ventricle

  • noun the chamber on the right side of the heart that receives venous blood from the right atrium and pumps it into the pulmonary trunk
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right whale

  • noun large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
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Right" whale`
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) (a) The bowhead, Arctic, or Greenland whale (Balæna mysticetus), from whose mouth the best whalebone is obtained. (b) Any other whale that produces valuable whalebone, as the Atlantic, or Biscay, right whale (Balæna cisarctica), and the Pacific right whale (B. Sieboldii); a bone whale.
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right wing

  • noun those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    right.
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right-about

Right"-a*bout` noun
Etymology
Right, adv. + about, adv.
Definitions
  1. A turning directly about by the right, so as to face in the opposite direction; also, the quarter directly opposite; as, to turn to the right-about. Sir W. Scott.
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right-angled

  • adjective satellite forming a right angle or containing one or more right angles
    • a right-angled bend
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Right"-an`gled adjective
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  1. Containing a right angle or right angles; as, a right-angled triangle.
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right-angled triangle

  • noun a triangle with one right angle
    right triangle.
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right-down

  • adjective satellite complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    sheer; rank; downright; out-and-out; absolute.
    • absolute freedom
    • an absolute dimwit
    • a downright lie
    • out-and-out mayhem
    • an out-and-out lie
    • a rank outsider
    • many right-down vices
    • got the job through sheer persistence
    • sheer stupidity
  • adverb positively
    • a regular right-down bad 'un"--Charles Dickens
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right-eyed

  • adjective satellite having only the right eye
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right-hand

  • adjective satellite located on or directed toward the right
    • a right-hand turn
  • adjective satellite intended for the right hand
    right.
    • a right-hand glove
  • adjective satellite most helpful and reliable
    • my right-hand man
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Right"-hand` adjective
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  1. Situated or being on the right; nearer the right hand than the left; as, the right-hand side, room, or road.
  2. Chiefly relied on; almost indispensable.
    Mr. Alexander Truncheon, who is their right-hand man in the troop. Addison.
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right-hand man

  • noun the most helpful assistant
    man Friday; chief assistant.
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right-handed

  • adjective using or intended for the right hand
    • a right-handed batter
    • right-handed scissors
  • adjective satellite rotating to the right
    dextrorotatory; dextrorotary.
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right-handed pitcher

  • noun (baseball) a pitcher who throws with the right hand
    right-handed pitcher.
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right-handedness

  • noun preference for using the right hand
    dextrality.
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Right"-hand`ed*ness noun
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  1. The state or quality of being right-handed; hence, skill; dexterity.
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right-hander

  • noun (baseball) a pitcher who throws with the right hand
    right-handed pitcher.
  • noun a person who uses the right hand more skillfully than the left
    righthander; right hander.
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right-hearted

Right"-heart`ed adjective
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  1. Having a right heart or disposition. -- Right"-heart`ed*ness, n.
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right-lined

Right"-lined` adjective
Definitions
  1. Formed by right lines; rectilineal; as, a right-lined angle.
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right-minded

  • adjective satellite disposed toward or having views based on what is right
    • respect for law which every right-minded citizen ought to have"- Bertrand Russell
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Right"-mind`ed adjective
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  1. Having a right or honest mind. -- Right"-mind`ed*ness, n.
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right-running

Right"-run`ning adjective
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  1. Straight; direct.
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right-side-out

  • adjective satellite of fabric or clothing
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right-side-up

  • adjective satellite of objects having a top and bottom
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right-wing

  • adjective satellite believing in or supporting tenets of the political right
    rightist.
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right-winger

  • noun a member of a right wing political party
    rightist.
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rights issue

  • noun an offering of common stock to existing shareholders who hold subscription rights or pre-emptive rights that entitle them to buy newly issued shares at a discount from the price at which they will be offered to the public later
    rights issue.
    • the investment banker who handles a rights offering usually agrees to buy any shares not bought by shareholders
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rights offering

  • noun an offering of common stock to existing shareholders who hold subscription rights or pre-emptive rights that entitle them to buy newly issued shares at a discount from the price at which they will be offered to the public later
    rights issue.
    • the investment banker who handles a rights offering usually agrees to buy any shares not bought by shareholders
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riparian right

  • noun right of access to water
    riparian right.
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sense of right and wrong

  • noun motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
    conscience; scruples; moral sense.
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special drawing rights

  • noun reserve assets in the International Monetary Fund; designed to supplement reserves of gold and convertible currencies used to maintain stability in the foreign exchange market
    paper gold.
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stage right

  • noun the part of the stage on the actor's right as the actor faces the audience
    right stage.
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State rights, ∨ States' rights

  • the rights of the several independent States, as distinguished from the rights of the Federal government. It has been a question as to what rights have been vested in the general government. U.S.
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states' rights

  • noun a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states
  • noun the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution
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states' rights democratic party

  • noun a former political party in the United States; formed in 1948 by Democrats from southern states in order to oppose to the candidacy of Harry S Truman
    Dixiecrats.
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subscription right

  • noun the right of a shareholder in a company to subscribe to shares of a new issue of common stock before it is offered to the public
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the right way

  • adverb in the right manner
    right; decent; in good order; decently; properly.
    • please do your job properly!
    • can't you carry me decent?
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To dress to the right, To dress to the left, To dress on the center

  • (Mil.), to form alignment with reference to the soldier on the extreme right, or in the center, of the rank, who serves as a guide.
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To put to rights

  • to arrange in proper order; to settle or compose rightly.
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To right a vessel

  • (Naut.), to restore her to an upright position after careening.
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To right the helm

  • (Naut.), to place it in line with the keel.
  • to put it amidships.
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To rights

  • . (a) In a direct line; straight. R. Woodward. (b) At once; directly. Obs. or Colloq. Swift.
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To send to the right-about

  • to cause to turn toward the opposite point or quarter; hence, of troops, to cause to turn and retreat. Colloq.
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To serve one right

  • to treat, or cause to befall one, according to his deserts; used commonly of ill deserts; as, it serves the scoundrel right;
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To set right

  • to correct; to put in order.
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To set to rights, To put to rights

  • to put in good order; to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order.
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To take ground to the rightto the left

  • (Mil.), to extend the line to the right or left; to move, as troops, to the right or left.
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undivided right

  • noun the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property
    undivided interest.
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visitation right

  • noun the right granted by a court to a parent (or other relative) who is deprived of custody of a child to visit the child on a regular basis
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voting right

  • noun the right to vote; especially the right of a common shareholder to vote in person or by proxy on the affairs of a company
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water right

  • noun right of access to water
    riparian right.
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Writ of right

  • noun a writ ordering that land be restored to its rightful owner
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  • (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner. Blackstone.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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