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right thing

right thing in Technology

That which is *compellingly* the correct or appropriate thing to use, do, say, etc. Always capitalised, always emphasised in speech as though capitalised. Use of this term often implies that in fact reasonable people may disagree. "What's the Right Thing for Lisp to do when it sees "(mod a 0)"? Should it return "a", or give a divide-by-0 error?"
Opposite: Wrong Thing.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • Therefore this stiffness in his figure was just the right thing.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
  • That is the right thing to say when it cannot be helped, and it obviously isn't for the best.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • You all think that it is the right thing for me to preach about 'faith.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • But I loved your daughter and I thought it quite the right thing to do.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • The course he had decided to adopt was the right thing—as to that he had no sort of doubt.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford

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