from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being right.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The characteristic of being right; correctness.
- n. The result or product of being right.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Straightness.
- n. The quality or state of being right; right relation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being right.
- n. Straightness; directness: as, the rightness of a line.
- n. Conformity with the laws regulating conduct; uprightness; rectitude; righteousness.
- n. Propriety; appropriateness; fittingness.
- n. Correctness; truth: as, the rightness of a conjecture.
- n. The state or attribute of being on the right hand; hence, in psychology, the sensation or perception of such a position or attribute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. according with conscience or morality
- n. conformity to fact or truth
- n. conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
- n. appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
America's center-rightness is supposedly proven by the fact that we don't have a government-run health-care system.
In practical terms it becomes a cost/benefit analysis as to HOW to do this, but the rightness is not in question.
America seems to think that its rightness is something that happens.
Underlying every Constitutional right is the tacit recognition of "rightness" -- that which is appropriate, decent, respectful, and just.
It just gives people that conviction of rightness, which is dangerous.
There were wet eyes in the house, too, and more than one person listening to her must have thought that there was a kind of rightness about the fact that the book with which she won the award last year, Just Kids, was about that time, and about the person, Robert Mapplethorpe, who experienced it along with her.
This after looking over my bookshelves and musing for a few minutes: Clay and Talin from your Psy-Changeling books (you described their ease and interaction and 'rightness' with each other SO WELL!) and Sabriel and Touchstone from Garth Nix's Sabriel.
Think of your beliefs, a brilliant idea you came up with, the "rightness" of it is never open to question.
And what we have lost, most of all, is our sense of "rightness".
People would often question their religion and the "rightness" that bad things would happen to good people like floods, famines etc, that in the Pagan past, they would simply change Gods.