Definition of rightward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrītwərd/


(also rightwards /-wərdz/)
1Toward the right: the little stream curves rightward
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  • Jupiter creeps rightward by a bit less than a finger's width each day, while Venus climbs a little higher, as if rising to meet it.
  • Chris lurches rightward toward Peggy.
  • In the first image, a small red point appears at the left border and moves rightward, gradually disappearing.
2Toward support of conservative views and capitalist principles: the electorate is moving rightward panic set in and the party lurched rightwards
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  • When any centre-left party drifted rightward, it always comforted itself that its core supporters would stay loyal because they have nowhere else to go.
  • The country's national political scene has edged rightward.
  • The party just kept moving the center ever rightward.


1Going toward or situated on the right: the rock face is climbed via a rightward curving crack
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  • Such behavior is responsible for the sequential rightward shift of the curves and the hysteresis.
  • Lactic acidosis may facilitate the supply of oxygen to working skeletal muscle by causing a rightward shift of the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve.
  • Furthermore, amiloride alone or in the presence of Ltip peptide produced a significant rightward shift of the expiratory P-V curve, most probably secondary to an important interstitial edema produced by amiloride.
2Tending to support conservative views and capitalist principles: a sharp rightward shift in national politics
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  • They are moving the Democratic party in a rightward direction.
  • The only way for Democrats to reverse the slow rightward drift in constitutional law is by winning elections.
  • When the rhetoric is that of the rightward fringe of the Republican Party circa 1952, I worry a lot.

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Syllabification: right·ward

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