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 There is no question that the Vietnamese government’s focus is rightly on controlling Covid. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 More than the other lakes, the shores of Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka are lined with world-class wineries that produce prized vintages for which the region is rightly famous: dry riesling, unoaked chardonnay, and cabernet franc. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Aug. 2021 The other half jumps up three steps, with the rehearsal and performance sequences — of which, rightly, there are many — take on vivid lives of their own. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are rightly under immense pressure to do more to prevent the spread of dangerous falsehoods on their platforms. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 28 July 2021 This change has worried U.S. investors and politicians who are rightly concerned about whether China is stable enough to invest in . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 July 2021 The June announcement was, rightly, met with shock that the practice had even been in use. Chelsey R. Carter, Scientific American, 8 July 2021 The rift is no doubt bullish for oil in the short term, though markets are rightly cautious. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 6 July 2021 At the start of the pandemic the focus was rightly on the safety of older adults. Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, 11 June 2021

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rightly

: in a way that is correct : correctly
: for a good reason : in a way that is proper or appropriate
: with certainty : for sure

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