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noun (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)    /raɪt/
B2 [U] what is considered to be morally good or acceptable: Your conscience should tell you the difference between right and wrong.Virtue and moral good in the right If you are in the right, what you are doing is morally or legally correct.Virtue and moral good B2 [C or U] the fact that a person or animal can expect to be treated in a fair, morally acceptable, or legal way, or to have the things that are necessary for life: She campaigned for women's rights during the 1960s. Everyone has a right to education. She has no more right to a company car than I have (= she does not deserve one more than I do). [+ to infinitive] You're not my boss, so what right (= authority) do you have to criticize me? You have every right (= you have a good reason) to complain.Morality and rules of behaviour within your rights If you are within your rights to do something, you are legally allowed to do it: I think I'm quite within my rights to demand a full refund.Allowing and permitting rights [plural] legal controls over who is allowed to use a book or film: He has acquired the film rights to the book (= he is allowed to make a film of the book).Court cases, orders and decisions new shares in a particular company that have become available for people to buy who already own shares: The company made a rights issue of one new share for every four held.Investment and stock markets put/set sth to rights to improve or correct something: The company needs over a million dollars to set its finances to rights.Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of right noun (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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