right·ly | \ ˈrīt-lē \

Definition of rightly 

1 : in accordance with right conduct : fairly, justly

2 : in the right or proper manner : properly, fittingly

3 : according to truth or fact : correctly, exactly

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Examples of rightly in a Sentence

If I remember rightly, today is his birthday. She rightly anticipated a decline in the value of the stock. He points out, quite rightly, that there are flaws in the theory. Many people, rightly or wrongly, believe the economy will soon improve. She rightly admires his paintings. People are rightly upset about the city's rising crime rate. Quite rightly, the police commissioner is being blamed for the city's rising crime rate. She is proud of her children, and rightly so.
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Of course, traditionalists will focus on the basics, and rightly so. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Borg only lost two matches at Roland Garros – a fourth-round match as a 16-year-old and a quarterfinal three years later – and it was rightly considered one of the most dominant feats in sports. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Has any tennis player ever ruled a tournament like Rafael Nadal?," 11 June 2018 That, rightly, will merit a thorough investigation into Simmons’s past by NFL teams. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Who Are the Defensive Linemen Expected to Dominate the 2019 NFL Draft?," 12 July 2018 Swimsuit competitions are eliminated from the Miss America pageant, quite rightly, but contemporary art and fashion become ever more graphic. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 His demeanor, rightly, has taken a 180-degree turn south. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018 All of which means that many kidnappers feel, rightly, that the odds of police having the skill or inclination to come after them are pretty low. Rory Smith, Vox, "Hundreds of people in Mexico are kidnapped every year. And the problem’s getting worse.," 11 May 2018 In other words, the Cavs can rightly say there's been some bright spots lately. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers have another big game at The Q Saturday against Thunder, and they feel better about it," 20 Jan. 2018 Had that been the case, El Tri would rightly have been looking up and onwards, at ways to topple the long-standing bluebloods of the game, rather than worrying about such trivial matters as local boasting. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why USMNT fans should celebrate Mexico's World Cup loss," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of rightly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rightly

: in a way that is correct

: for a good reason : in a way that is proper or appropriate

: with certainty : for sure

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