rightly

adverb

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This part of the picture is particularly hard to watch, rightly so, and offers some of its most astringent and honest exchanges. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 With so much attention — rightly so — paid to freshman guard Cason Wallace in Wheeler's absence, Friday showcased why the senior was an All-SEC preseason first-team selection. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 12 Nov. 2022 Conservatism, rightly understood, is premised on a realistic understanding of human frailties, shortcomings, and wickedness. David Harsanyi, National Review, 27 Oct. 2022 At the time, Putin rightly understood that Western sanctions would not hurt him in the long run, since China would be happy to buy Russia’s gas and oil. Time, 14 Sep. 2022 DeSantis understood, rightly, that the vast majority of conservatives in the country get their news from -- and solely from -- Fox. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 But liberalism, rightly understood, doesn't aspire to — let alone claim to have achieved — neutrality. Damon Linker, The Week, 24 Nov. 2021 So much of the focus has been on women, rightly so, but men are voters, too. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 One of global streamers’ main plays for talent is, quite rightly, their global reach. John Hopewell, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rightly was before the 12th century

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“Rightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightly. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

rightly

adverb

right·​ly ˈrīt-lē How to pronounce rightly (audio)
1
: in agreement with right conduct
2
: in the right or proper manner
3
: in agreement with truth or fact

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