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Synonyms of right in English:

adjective

  • 1 I do not believe that it would be right to reverse this decision
    [Antonyms] wrong, unjust
  • 2 he was first to give the right answer you haven't gone about it the right way
    correct, accurate, without error, unerring, exact, precise;
    accepted, proper, valid, orthodox, conventional, established, official, formal, regular
    informal on the mark
    British informal spot on
    Frenchde règle
    archaic meet
    [Antonyms] wrong, inaccurate
  • 3 the right person for the job
    suitable, appropriate, acceptable, fitting, fit, correct, proper, desirable, preferable, ideal;
    well suited, well qualified
    [Antonyms] wrong, unsuitable
  • 4 you've come at just the right moment
    [Antonyms] wrong, inopportune
  • 5 unfortunately he is not quite right in the head
    sane, in one's right mind, of sound mind, in possession of all one's faculties, able to think/reason clearly, lucid, rational, coherent, balanced, well balanced;
    informal all there
    [Antonyms] insane, of unsound mind
  • 6 John's face does not look right
    healthy, in good health, fine, hale, in good shape, in trim, in good trim, well, fit, fighting fit, normal, sound, up to par
    informal up to scratch, in the pink
    [Antonyms] wrong, unhealthy
  • 7 my right hand
    right-hand, dextral, at three o'clock;
    Nautical starboard;
    Heraldry dexter
    [Antonyms] left, port, sinister
  • 8 informal the library is a right mess
    Australian/New Zealand informal fair
    archaic arrant
  • adverb

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  • 1 she was right at the limit of her patience
    all the way, to the maximum extent, to the hilt, in all respects, in every respect
  • 2 the hotel is right in the middle of the village
    informal bang, slap bang, smack, slap, plumb
    North American informal smack dab
  • 3 keep going right on till you come to a blue house
    straight, directly, in a straight line, as the crow flies
    [Antonyms] indirectly
  • 4 informal he'll be right down
    straight, immediately, instantly, at once, straight away, right away, now, right now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, in/like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed;
    North American in short order;
    informal straight off, toot sweet, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), pronto, before you can say Jack Robinson
    North American informal lickety-split
    Indian informal ekdam
    archaic straightway, instanter, forthright
    [Antonyms] sometime, later, not now
  • 5 I think I heard right
    [Antonyms] wrong, imperfectly
  • 6 you get treated right there
    [Antonyms] unjustly
  • 7 things usually turn out right in the end
    well, for the better, for the best, favourably, happily, advantageously, to one's advantage, beneficially, profitably, providentially, luckily, opportunely, conveniently, to one's satisfaction
    [Antonyms] badly, for the worse
  • Phrases

    right away

    1
    I'll go and find them right away
    [Antonyms] sometime, later, not now, in due course
    at once, straight away, now, right now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, immediately, instantly, in/like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed;
    North American in short order;
    informal straight off, toot sweet, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), pronto, before you can say Jack Robinson, from the word go
    North American informal lickety-split
    Indian informal ekdam
    archaic straight, straightway, instanter, forthright

    noun

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  • 1 the difference between right and wrong
    [Antonyms] wrong
  • 2 everyone has the right to say no
    entitlement, prerogative, privilege, advantage, due, birthright, liberty, authority, authorization, power, licence, permission, dispensation, leave, consent, warrant, charter, franchise, sanction, exemption, immunity, indemnity;
    Law , historical droit
  • Phrases

    by rights

    1
    by rights, these young people should have been destined for college or university
    [Antonyms] unfairly
    properly, in fairness, correctly, legally, technically, in (all) conscience;
    Law de jure

    in the right

    2
    technically he is in the right
    [Antonyms] in the wrong
    justified, vindicated, borne out, with right on one's side, with the law on one's side, right

    put something to rights

    3
    remedy, put right, set right, set to rights, rectify, retrieve, solve, fix, resolve, sort out, put in order;
    straighten out, deal with, correct, repair, mend, redress, make good;
    improve, amend, ameliorate, make better, better

    within one's rights

    4
    she was within her rights to do this

    verb

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  • 1 you must be able to right a capsized dinghy
    turn the right way up again, turn back over, set upright again, stand upright again
    [Antonyms] invert, capsize
  • 2 he would do what was necessary to right the situation
    remedy, put right, set right, put to rights, set to rights, rectify, retrieve, solve, fix, resolve, sort out, put in order;
    improve, amend, ameliorate, make better, better
    [Antonyms] worsen
  • 3 my bill seeks to right this serious wrong
    rectify, correct, put right, set right, make right, sort out, deal with, remedy, repair, fix, cure, resolve, settle, square, make amends for;
    avenge, vindicate
  • Word links

    dextro- related prefix, as in dextrorotatory

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