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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The world has rightly united to fight the extremism that has made sorrowful brethren out of cities like New York, Paris, London, and Manchester and that has taken so many lives in Sri Lanka in recent days. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Gave a Moving Speech at Christchurch's Al Noor Mosque. Here's the Full Transcript.," 26 Apr. 2019 Finishing above Honduras in CONCACAF was Panama, which rightly celebrated making its first World Cup with a joyous celebrations. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States' World Cup failure is looking worse every day," 19 June 2018 But the latest wage figures suggest this is the one task left, before our long recovery can be rightly celebrated as the best of economic times: end the stagnation that has held down median wages for decades. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Wages are finally rising at a healthy clip — except for middle-class workers," 30 Apr. 2018 For a voting body that too often recognizes crowd-pleasing pap over artistry (see: A Beautiful Mind), its win was rightly celebrated as a victory of substance over style. Nico Lang, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Talked About Moonlight's Oscar Win Proves We Still Don't Know How to Recognize Black Excellence," 2 Mar. 2017 Though its responses can rightly be described as voluminous, the social network still evaded answering certain questions and provided vague answers to others. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Facebook releases 500 pages of answers to questions from Congress, but leaves some things vague," 12 June 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the face of this frustration -- hands splayed on the table, staring at Trump in something that can be rightly described as amazed disbelief. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The already iconic G7 photo is a Trump Rorschach test," 11 June 2018 So Eugenie is also getting the same star treatment—and rightly so. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Is Getting the Meghan Markle Treatment," 8 Feb. 2019 These people might rightly note that their lives look harder than their parents. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 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
informal : with certainty : for sure

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highly pertinent or appropriate

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