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 for Right
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\ (r[imac]t), a. [OE. right, riht, AS. riht; akin to
     D. regt, OS. & OHG. reht, G. recht, Dan. ret, Sw. r[aum]tt,
     Icel. rettr, Goth. ra['i]hts, L. rectus, p. p. of regere to
     guide, rule; cf. Skr. [.r]ju straight, right. [root]115. Cf.
     Adroit,{Alert">Adroit,{Alert, Correct, Dress, Regular, Rector,
     Recto, Rectum, Regent, Region, Realm, Rich,
     Royal, Rule.]
     1. Straight; direct; not crooked; as, a right line. "Right as
        any line." --Chaucer
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     2. Upright; erect from a base; having an upright axis; not
        oblique; as, right ascension; a right pyramid or cone.
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     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.
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              That which is conformable to the Supreme Rule is
              absolutely right, and is called right simply without
              relation to a special end.            --Whately.
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     2. Fit; suitable; proper; correct; becoming; as, the right
        man in the right place; the right way from London to
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     5. Characterized by reality or genuineness; real; actual; not
        spurious. "His right wife." --Chaucer.
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              In this battle, . . . the Britons never more plainly
              manifested themselves to be right barbarians.
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     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.
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              You are right, Justice, and you weigh this well.
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              If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the
              inference is . . . right, "Let us eat and drink, for
              to-morrow we die."                    --Locke.
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     7. Most favorable or convenient; fortunate.
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              The lady has been disappointed on the right side.
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     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.
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              Became the sovereign's favorite, his right hand.
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     Note: In designating the banks of a river, right and left are
           used always with reference to the position of one who
           is facing in the direction of the current's flow.
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     9. Well placed, disposed, or adjusted; orderly; well
        regulated; correctly done.
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     10. Designed to be placed or worn outward; as, the right side
         of a piece of cloth.
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     At right angles, so as to form a right angle or right
        angles, as when one line crosses another perpendicularly.
     Right and left, in both or all directions. [Colloq.]
     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.
     Right angle.
         (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.
     Right ascension. See under Ascension.
     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.
     Right cone, Right cylinder, Right prism, Right
     pyramid (Geom.), a cone, cylinder, prism, or pyramid, the
        axis of which is perpendicular to the base.
     Right line. See under Line.
     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.
     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
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     Note: Right is used elliptically for it is right, what you
           say is right, true.
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                 "Right," cries his lordship.       --Pope.
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     Syn: Straight; direct; perpendicular; upright; lawful;
          rightful; true; correct; just; equitable; proper;
          suitable; becoming.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, n. [AS. right. See Right, a.]
     1. That which is right or correct. Specifically:
        (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to
            lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt,
            -- the opposite of moral wrong.
        (b) A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood;
            adherence to truth or fact.
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                  Seldom your opinions err;
                  Your eyes are always in the right. --Prior.
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        (c) A just judgment or action; that which is true or
            proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
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                  Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,
                  And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
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     2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically:
        (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact.
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                  There are no rights whatever, without
                  corresponding duties.             --Coleridge.
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        (b) 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.
        (c) That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a
            claim to possess or own; the interest or share which
            anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim;
            interest; ownership.
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                  Born free, he sought his right.   --Dryden.
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                  Hast thou not right to all created things?
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                  Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
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        (d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
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     3. The right side; the side opposite to the left.
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              Led her to the Souldan's right.       --Spenser.
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     4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those
        members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists.
        See Center, 5.
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     5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of
        cloth, a carpet, etc.
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     At all right, at all points; in all respects. [Obs.]
     Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a
        declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See
        under Bill.
     By right, By rights, or By good rights, rightly;
        properly; correctly.
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              He should himself use it by right.    --Chaucer.
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              I should have been a woman by right.  --Shak.
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     Divine right, or
     Divine right of kings, 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.
     To rights.
        (a) In a direct line; straight. [R.] --Woodward.
        (b) At once; directly. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Swift.
     To set to rights, To put to rights, to put in good order;
        to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order.
     Writ of right (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in
        fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, adv.
     1. In a right manner.
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     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.
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              Unto Dian's temple goeth she right.   --Chaucer.
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              Let thine eyes look right on.         --Prov. iv.
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              Right across its track there lay,
              Down in the water, a long reef of gold. --Tennyson.
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     3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.]
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              Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak.
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     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.
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     5. According to any rule of art; correctly.
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              You with strict discipline instructed right.
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     6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really;
        correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. "Right at
        mine own cost." --Chaucer.
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              Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer.
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              His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.
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     7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely;
        highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. "He
        was not right fat". --Chaucer.
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              For which I should be right sorry.    --Tyndale.
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              [I] return those duties back as are right fit.
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     Note: In this sense now chiefly prefixed to titles; as, right
           honorable; right reverend.
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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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     Note: Right is used in composition with other adverbs, as
           upright, downright, forthright, etc.
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     Right along, without cessation; continuously; as, to work
        right along for several hours. [Colloq. U.S.]
     Right away, or 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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Righted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Righting.] [AS. rihtan. See Right, a.]
     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.
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     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.
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              So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak.
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              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.                  --Jefferson.
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     To right a vessel (Naut.), to restore her to an upright
        position after careening.
     To right the helm (Naut.), to place it in line with the
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, v. i.
     1. To recover the proper or natural condition or position; to
        become upright.
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     2. (Naut.) Hence, to regain an upright position, as a ship or
        boat, after careening.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: precisely, exactly; "stand right here!"
      2: immediately; "she called right after dinner"
      3: exactly; "he fell flop on his face" [syn: right, flop]
      4: toward or on the right; also used figuratively; "he looked
         right and left"; "the party has moved right" [ant: left]
      5: in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't
         you carry me decent?" [syn: properly, decently, decent,
         in good order, right, the right way] [ant:
      6: an interjection expressing agreement [syn: right, right
      7: completely; "she felt right at home"; "he fell right into the
      8: (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree; "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"; "they rejoiced mightily" [syn: mighty,
         mightily, powerful, right]
      9: in accordance with moral or social standards; "that serves
         him right"; "do right by him" [syn: justly, right]
      10: in an accurate manner; "the flower had been correctly
          depicted by his son"; "he guessed right" [syn: correctly,
          right, aright] [ant: incorrectly, wrong, wrongly]
      adj 1: 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" [ant: left]
      2: 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" [syn: correct,
         right] [ant: incorrect, wrong]
      3: socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party
         without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior" [syn: correct,
      4: in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right
         thing and confess" [ant: wrong]
      5: correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right" [syn:
         right, correct] [ant: wrong]
      6: appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a
         person's character, needs; "everything in its proper place";
         "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the
         position" [syn: proper, right]
      7: of or belonging to the political or intellectual right [ant:
         center, left]
      8: in or into a satisfactory condition; "things are right again
         now"; "put things right"
      9: intended for the right hand; "a right-hand glove" [syn:
         right(a), right-hand(a)]
      10: in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure;
          "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open
          oysters" [syn: correct, right]
      11: having the axis perpendicular to the base; "a right angle"
      12: (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to
          face outward; "the right side of the cloth showed the
          pattern"; "be sure your shirt is right side out"
      13: 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" [syn: good,
          right, ripe]
      14: precisely accurate; "a veracious account" [syn: veracious,
      n 1: 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: 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" [ant: left]
      3: the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's right
         [syn: right field, rightfield, right]
      4: those who support political or social or economic
         conservatism; those who believe that things are better left
         unchanged [syn: right, right wing]
      5: 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" [syn: right, right hand]
      6: a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when
         the person is facing east; "take a right at the corner"
      7: anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he
         is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim" [syn:
         right, rightfulness] [ant: wrong, wrongfulness]
      8: (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom
         in some intangible thing; "mineral rights"; "film rights"
      v 1: make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the
           victims of the Holocaust" [syn: right, compensate,
           redress, correct] [ant: wrong]
      2: put in or restore to an upright position; "They righted the
         sailboat that had capsized"
      3: regain an upright or proper position; "The capsized boat
         righted again"
      4: make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the
         calculation" [syn: correct, rectify, right] [ant:

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  778 Moby Thesaurus words for "right":
     Bill of Rights, Bircher, Bourbon, Christian, Declaration of Right,
     Epistle side, Magna Carta, Magna Charta, OK, Petition of Right,
     Roger, Tory, a propos, absolute, absolute interest, absolute power,
     absolutely, absoluteness, absolutism, acceptable, accepted,
     accommodate, accord, according to Hoyle, accuracy, accurate,
     accurately, acknowledged, acknowledgment, ad rem, adapt, adapted,
     adequate, adjust, adjust to, admitted, advantageous,
     advantageously, advisable, all right, all there, almighty, alright,
     alrighty, amen, amend, appanage, applicable, apposite, appropriate,
     appropriately, approved, appurtenance, apropos, apt, aptly, aright,
     arrange, arrowlike, as is proper, as is right, as you say,
     assimilate, assuredly, astarboard, at once, attention to fact,
     attune, auspicious, authentic, authoritative, authority, avenge,
     awfully, aye, balanced, bang, basis, becoming, befitting,
     being done, beneficial, benefit, birthright, bitter-ender,
     blameless, bona fide, bunkum, by all means, by right, by rights,
     call, canonical, capitally, care for truth, cause, certainly,
     civil, civil liberties, civil rights, claim, clean, clearheaded,
     clearminded, clockwise, cognizance, comely, comeuppance,
     comme il faut, common, compensate, competence, competency,
     complete, compos mentis, condign, condignly, conditioned,
     conformable, congruous, conjugal right, conscientious,
     conservatist, conservative, constituted authority,
     constitutional rights, contingent interest, convenient,
     conventional, coordinate, correct, correctitude, correctly,
     correctness, credit, creditable, crediting, customary, cut to, da,
     de rigueur, dead, dead ahead, dead right, dead straight,
     decanal side, decent, decorous, defensibility, defensible,
     definitely, delegated authority, delicacy, demand, deserts,
     deserved, deserving, desirable, dexter, dextrad, dextral,
     dextrally, dextrocardial, dextrocerebral, dextrocular,
     dextrogyrate, dextrogyratory, dextropedal, dextrorotary, dextrorse,
     die, die-hard, diehard, direct, directly, divine right, done,
     dovetailing, droit, drumhead justice, due, due north, dueness,
     duly, easement, emend, equalize, equitable, equitable interest,
     equitableness, equity, erect, estate, estimable, ethical,
     evangelical, even, evenhanded, evenhandedness, exact, exactitude,
     exactly, exactness, exceedingly, excellently, expedient, expressly,
     extreme right-winger, face, fact, factual, faculty, fair,
     fair and square, fairly, fairness, faithful, faithfully,
     faithfulness, famously, faultless, faultlessness, favorable,
     favorably, feasible, felicitous, fidelity, fine, finely, fineness,
     firm, fit, fitted, fitten, fitting, fittingly, fix, flat, flawless,
     flawlessness, flush, fogyish, formal, forthright, forthwith,
     foundation, freedom, front, fructuous, full, full of integrity,
     fundamentalist, gear to, geared, genteel, genuine,
     give satisfaction, give-and-take, good, good enough, good reason,
     goodness, ground, grounds, hale, happy, hard hat, harmonize,
     healthy, healthy-minded, hear, high-minded, high-mindedness,
     high-principled, highly respectable, holding, homologate,
     homologize, honest, honestly, honesty, honorable, honorableness,
     horizontal, human rights, immaculate, immediately, imperialist,
     in a beeline, in a line, in all conscience, in all respects,
     in every respect, in line with, in reason, inalienable right,
     indeed, indeedy, indirect authority, indubitable, inequity,
     inherent authority, injustice, instantly, integrity, interest,
     inviolate, ipsissimis verbis, irreproachable, irretrievably,
     irrevocably, it is that, ja, jus divinum, just, just right,
     just so, justice, justifiability, justifiable, justifiableness,
     justification, justified, justly, justness, kerplunk, key to,
     kosher, law-abiding, law-loving, law-revering, lawful,
     lawful authority, lawfulness, legal, legal authority, legal rights,
     legality, legitimacy, letter-perfect, level, liberty, license,
     licit, likely, limitation, lineal, linear, literal, literalism,
     literality, literally, literalness, literatim, lucid, mais oui,
     make all square, make good, make plumb, make right, make uniform,
     make up for, manly, material basis, mathematical precision,
     measure, measure for measure, meet, meet and right, meetness, mend,
     mentally sound, merit, merited, meshing, meticulous,
     meticulousness, mightily, mighty, monarchist, moral, morality,
     most assuredly, natural right, natural rights, naturally,
     naturellement, nemesis, nice, nicely, niceness, nicety, nobility,
     noble, normal, normative, of course, of sound mind, of the faith,
     off, okay, old liner, on the button, on the right, only, only too,
     open, opportune, opportunely, option, order, orthodox,
     orthodoxical, oui, out-and-out, overhaul, part, pat, patch,
     pay reparations, percentage, perfect, perfection, perfectly,
     perquisite, plain, plop, plumb, plump, plunk, poetic justice,
     point-blank, politic, positively, power, powerful, powerfully,
     precise, precisely, preciseness, precision, preferable, preferred,
     prerogative, prescription, presumptive right, pretense, pretension,
     pretext, pretty, principal, principled, privilege, profitable,
     profitably, promising, promptly, pronto, proper, proper claim,
     properly, properness, property right, propitious, proportion,
     propriety, pure, put, put and call, put in order, put in shape,
     put in tune, put right, put straight, put to rights, qualified,
     quickly, quite, radical right, rather, rational, reactionarist,
     reactionary, reactionist, real, really, reason, reasonable,
     received, recognition, recognized, recommendable, recompense,
     reconcile, recondition, reconstruct, rectify, rectilineal,
     rectilinear, rectitude, recto, redress, reduce to order,
     refinement, regality, regulate, relevant, remedy, remunerate,
     repair, repay, reputable, requisite, requite, respectable,
     retributive justice, revamp, revenge, right and proper,
     right as rain, right away, right field, right hand, right of entry,
     right off, right side, right wing, right you are, right-hand,
     right-minded, right-wing, right-winger, right-wingish, righteous,
     rightful, rightful authority, rightfully, rightfulness, rightist,
     rightly, rightness, righto, rights, rightward, rightwardly,
     rightwards, rigidity, rigidly, rigor, rigorous, rigorously,
     rigorousness, royal prerogative, royalist, royally, rude justice,
     ruler-straight, sane, sane-minded, satisfactorily, satisfactory,
     scales of justice, scriptural, scrupulous, seasonable, seemly,
     sensible, sensibly, set, set in order, set right, set straight,
     set to rights, set up, settle, settlement, severity, sharp, sheer,
     similarize, simon-pure, smack, smack-dab, smooth, so,
     social Darwinist, sort out, sortable, sound, sound-minded, spang,
     speedily, splendidly, spotless, spread, square, squarely,
     stainless, stake, standard, standpat, standpatter, starboard,
     starboard tack, stark, sterling, stock option, straddle, straight,
     straight across, straight ahead, straight-cut, straight-front,
     straight-side, straight-up-and-down, straightaway, straighten out,
     straighten up, straightforward, straightforwards, straightly,
     strap, strategic, streamlined, strict, strict settlement, strictly,
     strictness, strip, substance, subtlety, sufficient, suitable,
     suitably, suited, suiting, summary justice, sure, sure thing,
     sure-enough, surely, swiftly, sync, synchronize, tailor, tailored,
     terribly, terrifically, textual, textualism, that is so,
     the letter, the say, the say-so, thorough, thoroughgoing, timely,
     title, to be desired, to be fair, to be sure, to the letter,
     to the point, to the purpose, to the right, together, tolerable,
     tory, traditional, traditionalistic, trim to, true, true up,
     true-blue, true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled,
     true-spirited, truehearted, truly, trust, truth, truthful, tune,
     ultraconservative, unalienable rights, unalloyed, unbending,
     unbent, unblemished, unbowed, unbroken, uncorrupt, uncorrupted,
     uncurved, undefiled, undeflected, undeviating, undeviatingly,
     undistorted, undoubted, unerringly, unexceptional, unimpeachable,
     uninterrupted, unmitigated, unrelievedly, unsnarl, unspotted,
     unstained, unsullied, unswerving, unswervingly, untarnished,
     unturned, unveeringly, upper, upright, uprighteous, uprightness,
     upstanding, urbane, use, useful, utter, valid, vamp, veracious,
     verbally, verbatim, verbatim et litteratim, veridical, veritable,
     vertical, very, very well, vested authority, vested interest,
     vested right, vicarious authority, vindicate, virtue, virtuous,
     virtuousness, warrant, warrantability, warrantable, warranted,
     warrantedness, well, well and good, well-timed, what is owing,
     what is right, whip into shape, whole, wholesome, why yes, wise,
     without delay, without hesitation, word by word, word for word,
     worthwhile, worthy, yea, yeah, yeomanly, yep, yes, yes indeed,
     yes indeedy, yes sir, yes sirree, you are right, you said it,
     you speak truly

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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 
       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. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RIGHT, WRIT OF. Breve de recto. Vide Writ of light.

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RIGHT, n.  Legitimate authority to be, to do or to have; as the right
  to be a king, the right to do one's neighbor, the right to have
  measles, and the like.  The first of these rights was once universally
  believed to be derived directly from the will of God; and this is
  still sometimes affirmed _in partibus infidelium_ outside the
  enlightened realms of Democracy; as the well known lines of Sir
  Abednego Bink, following:
          By what right, then, do royal rulers rule?
              Whose is the sanction of their state and pow'r?
          He surely were as stubborn as a mule
              Who, God unwilling, could maintain an hour
      His uninvited session on the throne, or air
      His pride securely in the Presidential chair.
          Whatever is is so by Right Divine;
              Whate'er occurs, God wills it so.  Good land!
          It were a wondrous thing if His design
              A fool could baffle or a rogue withstand!
      If so, then God, I say (intending no offence)
      Is guilty of contributory negligence.

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