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English definition of “right”


adjective [after verb] (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)    /raɪt/
B2 considered fair or morally acceptable by most people: I don't believe they should have put him in prison. It isn't right. [+ to infinitive] It's not right to criticize people behind their back. [+ that] It is only (= completely) right that men and women should be paid the same for doing the same work. → Compare wrong adjectiveVirtue and moral goodJustice and fairness
(Definition of right adjective (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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