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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Although the polls suggest that Americans are getting more upbeat about the economy, many of them remain rightly skeptical of Trump’s role. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Three Key Questions About Trump and the Economy," 9 July 2019 For example: Left-leaning candidates are rightly cautious about anything that smacks of government subsidies or tax breaks for businesses. John Case, The New Republic, "An Economy in Waiting," 8 July 2019 Standing alongside Merkel, the prime ministers of Bulgaria and of North Macedonia, Boyko Borissov and Zoran Zaev, argued that the Western Balkans are part of Europe and are surrounded by EU nations and so rightly belong in the club. Washington Post, "Merkel seeks to reassure Western Balkan nations of EU future," 5 July 2019 Many experts argue, rightly, that robotic missions are cheaper, safer and can last longer than human missions. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 With the full-time whistle looming, France appealed for a penalty when Amel Majri's cross hit the arm of Kelley O'Hara, but the referee, rightly, ignored France's pleas and the US held on for its 10th straight World Cup win. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US beats France to reach Women's World Cup semifinals," 28 June 2019 Robbins is rightly celebrated as the creator of memorable and popular ballets, as a master of Broadway musicals and as a show doctor of legendary skill. New York Times, "Jerome Robbins, the Experimentalist," 10 May 2018 Clear Springs’ non-district football schedule for 2019, which features heavyweights Converse Judson, Katy, Klein Collins and George Ranch, has rightly garnered plenty of attention. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "7-on-7 state football: Clear Springs lodged in top-tier pool," 25 June 2019 Yes, sacrificing outs, especially early in games, is now rightly viewed as a mistake. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants mailbag: Buster Posey’s future, state of farm system, team expectations," 24 June 2019

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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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