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From Middle English riȝt honded, equivalent to right +‎ handed.


right-handed (comparative more right-handed, superlative most right-handed)

  1. Using their right hand in preference to, or more skillfully than, their left.
  2. (not comparable) Intended to be worn on, or used by, the right hand.
  3. (not comparable) Turning or spiralling from left to right; clockwise.
  4. (physics) Of a particle for which the direction of its spin is the same as the direction of its motion.
  5. Of a coordinate system: following the right-hand rule.


right-handed pl (plural only)

  1. Right-handed people, taken as a whole.
    • 1992, Antonio E. Puente, Robert J. McCaffrey, Handbook of Neuropsychological Assessment, →ISBN, page 147:
      Evidence contradicting this principle came from a study of epileptic patients by Penfield and Roberts (1959) who found that dysphasia following surgery on the right hemisphere was not significantly more frequent in the left-handed than in the right-handed.


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