right·​ly | \ ˈrīt-lē How to pronounce rightly (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web When views on the pandemic and the political reaction switch, the winners rightly fall back and the losers jump. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Where Danger Lurks in the Big Tech Rally," 6 Sep. 2020 Policymakers rightly feared that lawsuits like these would chill vaccine development—and lead to more sickness and death in the long run. Leah Durant, Fortune, "Gutting this federal program could undermine Americans’ confidence in a COVID vaccine," 6 Sep. 2020 The Nuns, conservatives would rightly dismiss this person as a deranged partisan. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Put Not Your Trust in Princes (nor in Republicans)," 4 Sep. 2020 The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General concluded in a report released on Monday that CBP’s Border Patrol agents rightly used tear gas in incidents that took place on Nov. 25, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Border agents' use of tear gas against migrant caravan did not violate policy: Auditor," 1 Sep. 2020 Plus, there’s the too-familiar feeling of often being watched by store clerks as a Black shopper that (rightly) rubbed Dias the wrong way. Ashley Alese Edwards, Glamour, "This Beauty Supply Store Was Created for—and Is Run By—Black Women," 1 Sep. 2020 And as rightly stated by John David Wicker, SDSU’s director of athletics, the timing could save millions in interest rates related to projects for those with an adventurous spirit and keen sense of timing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego takes bold step to build new ‘world class’ arena in Midway District," 29 Aug. 2020 As activists rightly point out, narratives like this — and Kelly’s own stance — will only enable future acts of white supremacist violence. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Yep, Megyn Kelly’s TWEET About Jacob Blake Was Absolutely RACIST," 28 Aug. 2020 The fall champ certainly, and rightly, will claim a national title. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How Ohio State football could play a winter season and still compare itself to Clemson and Alabama," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rightly

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

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“Rightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightly. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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
informal : with certainty : for sure

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