from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. By a rightward path; rightwards, rightwardly; clockwise (in a clockwise manner).
  • adj. Rightward (to or from the right side); on the right side.
  • adj. Clockwise, moving clockwise.
  • adv. Rightly (correctly or justly); rightfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Righteous.
  • transitive v. To make righteous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as righteous.


From Middle English rightwise, rightwis, from Old English rihtwīs ("righteous, just; right, justifiable"), corresponding to right +‎ -wise. The second element was later confused with or assimilated to -ous, leading to the modern spelling righteous. (Wiktionary)
Presumably from Old English rihtwīs, reinforced by reanalysis as right +‎ wise. (Wiktionary)
right +‎ -wise (Wiktionary)



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