from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being right.
  • noun Straightness; directness: as, the rightness of a line.
  • noun Conformity with the laws regulating conduct; uprightness; rectitude; righteousness.
  • noun Propriety; appropriateness; fittingness.
  • noun Correctness; truth: as, the rightness of a conjecture.
  • noun The state or attribute of being on the right hand; hence, in psychology, the sensation or perception of such a position or attribute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Straightness.
  • noun The quality or state of being right; right relation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The characteristic of being right; correctness.
  • noun countable The result or product of being right.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun according with conscience or morality
  • noun conformity to fact or truth
  • noun conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
  • noun appropriate conduct; doing the right thing


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From right +‎ -ness


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word rightness.


  • America's center-rightness is supposedly proven by the fact that we don't have a government-run health-care system.

    Are we a center-right nation?

  • In practical terms it becomes a cost/benefit analysis as to HOW to do this, but the rightness is not in question.

    Bits Debate: Responding to Readers on Filtering - Bits Blog -

  • America seems to think that its rightness is something that happens.

    My Country 'Tis Of Me

  • Underlying every Constitutional right is the tacit recognition of "rightness" -- that which is appropriate, decent, respectful, and just.

    Joan Z. Shore: Ground Zero: Rights Gone Wrong

  • It just gives people that conviction of rightness, which is dangerous.

    The Guardian Interview

  • Think of your beliefs, a brilliant idea you came up with, the "rightness" of it is never open to question.

    13 posts from January 2009

  • Think of your beliefs, a brilliant idea you came up with, the "rightness" of it is never open to question.


  • Think of your beliefs, a brilliant idea you came up with, the "rightness" of it is never open to question.

    Winning Elections

  • 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.

    The Saturday interview: Patti Smith

  • 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.

    Countdown to Branded By Fire: 7 days to go!


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.