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Is it common that the word right is understood only as in the moral sense?

Asked by flo (13313points) February 19th, 2019

Is it common that the word right is understood only as in the moral sense, and not as in correct or all the way sense?

true or correct as a fact.
“I’m not sure I know the right answer”
synonyms: correct, accurate, without error, unerring, exact, precise;
completely, fully, entirely, totally, wholly, absolutely, altogether, utterly, thoroughly, quite; More

correctly, accurately, properly, exactly, precisely, aright, rightly, perfectly, unerringly, faultlessly, truly.
Source Google Dictionary.

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canidmajor's avatar

Context is everything. For example, in that other question, if “right” doesn’t mean “not left” then “correct” only applies as a moral judgement because the. Ircumstance doesn’t have a “correct” answer, as it’s a matter of personal choice.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“That is the right way to do it,” is a moral call.
“We have the right to vote,” is a moral call.
“Turn right at the next light,” is a direction.

flo's avatar

The right way to clean….is…...The correct way has nothing to do with moral.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes it does because it’s open to debate. Just because it is “correct” for you doesn’t mean it’s correct for everyone. I may have a completely different way to clean that I feel is better than yours.

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, there are many different ways of doing many things that result in “correct” completion.

I don’t leave my shoes around the door. That is not only not incorrect, it is not morally reprehensible.

JLeslie's avatar

I use correct when right might be misinterpreted. Otherwise, I use right most of the time to mean correct.

For example when giving or discussing directions I only use right to mean direction as in turn right or on the right.

kritiper's avatar

It would depend on if it was used as a adjective, adverb, noun, verb transitive, or verb intransitive.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^ Right on, dude.

flo's avatar

I have to work extremely hard to find someone who would misinterpret right means moral if we’re talking straight forward topics like: there are indoor footwear and outdoor footwear. Leave the outdoor footwear around the door is (science/ evidence/ health, facts related not morality related.
@JLeslie Your “misinterpreted” key word, so you’re right.

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, There is footwear. Whether or not it is worn indoors and/or outdoors is solely the decision of the wearer. For you to make a statement of rightness or not-rightness about that is (and I love this part) just wrong.
It’s that simple.

flo's avatar

@kritiper I guess you don’t get mixed up about the context when it comes to the word right, i.e whether it’s about morality (it’s not right to cold bloddedly murder it’s not right to speak an untruth, etc., or just another word for correct.

dabbler's avatar

I vividly recall a ‘conservative’ extremist yelling at the near-million person march against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (2002), “Right is Right! and Left is Wrong!” adamantly and fervently over and over again.
It is beyond me to explain how his head didn’t explode from the sheer dissonance.

kritiper's avatar

@flo I guess you could right a ship with that logic.
Or right a crooked rail. Or right in body. Or right as in real. Or right as in sane. Or the side of something, like the right side of a rug. Or a right angle. Or a right or straight line, like right in front of me. Or to a claim of power or privilege vested in a person by law, custom, etc. To right a room, to set it to rights.
No, I don’t get mixed up in all that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In the foot wear question, it’s about preferences. If a person asks you to remove you shoes when you come in, it would be morally wrong for you to refuse (AKA “rude,”) unless you had an over riding reason to refuse. It is usually wrong (not right) to be rude.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Also, you are wrong to say that where one person keeps their shoes is the right way, and the the place another person keeps their shoes is the wrong way. That’s where your moral judgement comes in.

Morality isn’t always about major issues, like murder and lying and cheating. It can be about much smaller issues to, like rudeness.

flo's avatar

As if “etc.” is not in the post.
Starting to clean my bike from the tire with a brush and then go to the cleanest part is the right,i.e correct way, the reverse is the wrong way.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Etc” is not in the post.

As long as your bike is clean in the end, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to clean it. If I were you, though, I’d start at the top and work my way down. That would be the most efficient way, in my opinion.

flo's avatar

My last post wasn’t in sarcasm.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I didn’t take it as sarcasm. I was merely pointing out that if you got your bike clean, then you did it the right way, no matter which way you did it.

flo's avatar

It was in sarcasm.

SmartAZ's avatar

“Right” means perpendicular, correct, morally acceptable, the strong arm. The common meaning is strength.

It is common for people to speak in clichés with no idea about what the words actually mean. We say “right across the floor”, or “right on”, or “right away” and not one person in a thousand can explain those shades of meaning.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Right across the floor,” means “right there,” as in “not far away.”
“Right away,” means “Do it NOW!”
“Right on,” means “I completely agree with what you are saying and you are righteous, man.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

right adjective
\ ˈrīt
Definition of right

(Entry 1 of 4)
1 : righteous, upright
2 : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper right conduct
3 : conforming to facts or truth : correct the right answer
4 : suitable, appropriate the right man for the job
5 : straight a right line
6 : genuine, real
7a : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body which is away from the side on which the heart is mostly located
b : located nearer to the right hand than to the left
c : located to the right of an observer facing the object specified or directed as the right arm would point when raised out to the side
d(1) : located on the right of an observer facing in the same direction as the object specified stage right
(2) : located on the right when facing downstream the right bank of a river
e : done with the right hand a right hook to the jaw
8 : having the axis perpendicular to the base right cone
9 : of, relating to, or constituting the principal or more prominent side of an object made sure the socks were right side out
10 : acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact time proved her right
11a : being in good physical or mental health or order not in his right mind
b : being in a correct or proper state put things right
12 : most favorable or desired : preferable also : socially acceptable knew all the right people
13 often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics

right noun

Definition of right (Entry 2 of 4)
1 : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
2 : something to which one has a just claim: such as
a : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled voting rights his right to decide
b(1) : the interest that one has in a piece of property —often used in plural mineral rights
(2) rights plural : the property interest possessed under law or custom and agreement in an intangible thing especially of a literary and artistic nature film rights of the novel
3 : something that one may properly claim as due knowing the truth is her right
4 : the cause of truth or justice
5a : right hand sense 1a also : a blow struck with this hand gave him a hard right on the jaw
b : the location or direction of the right side woods on his right
c : the part on the right side
d : right field
e : a turn to the right take a right at the stop sign
6a : the true account or correct interpretation
b : the quality or state of being factually correct

7 often capitalized a : the part of a legislative chamber located to the right of the presiding officer
b : the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the right as a result of holding more conservative political views than other members
8a often capitalized : individuals professing support of the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and conservative governmental policies
b often capitalized : a conservative position
9a : a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
b : the negotiable certificate evidencing such privilege —usually used in plural
by rights or less commonly by all rights
: with reason or justice : properly
in one’s own right
: by virtue of one’s own qualifications or properties
of right
1 : as an absolute right
2 : legally or morally exactable
to rights
: into proper order

right adverb

Definition of right (Entry 3 of 4)
1 : according to right live right
2 : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely right at his fingertips quit right then and there
3 : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner knew he wasn’t doing it right
4 : in a direct line, course, or manner : directly, straight go right home came right out and said it
5 : according to fact or truth : truly guessed right
6a : all the way windows right to the floor
b : in a complete manner felt right at home
7 : without delay : immediately right after lunch
8 : to a great degree : very a right pleasant day
9 : on or to the right looked left and right

right verb
righted; righting; rights

Definition of right (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb
1a : to do justice to : redress the injuries of so just is God to right the innocent— William Shakespeare
b : justify, vindicate felt the need to right himself in court
2 : avenge vows to right the injustice done to his family
3a : to adjust or restore to the proper state or condition right the economy
b : to bring or restore to an upright position right a capsized boat

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