right·​ly | \ˈrīt-lē \

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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However, as The Verge rightly notes, Adblock Plus is a particularly aggressive ad blocker. David Meyer, Fortune, "Microsoft's Mobile Browsers Join the Battle Against Annoying Ads," 25 June 2018 The sweethearts of the last World Cup, who, like The Strokes on the eve of Room on Fire, are rightly concerned about that sophomore album. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 As John Podhoretz rightly noted in Commentary magazine, movie studios used to spend colossal amounts of money on stopping celebrities from revealing their uglier sides and torpedoing their own careers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "For Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby, their names, unfortunately, were their shows," 1 June 2018 The idea of the formation of the world as a result of a battle between order and chaos is, Peterson rightly notes, a common trope. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 The cynic can point to the draft, and ask – rightly – if Heimlich is simply trying to salvage his baseball career. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Should Oregon State pitcher who molested niece play? Not if he continues to deny crime," 23 May 2018 Americans are rightly asking why the U.S. finances this U.N. operation devoid of accountability and transparency. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "George Soros and the ‘Caravan’," 6 May 2018 Across the country, people are rightly asking how this is possible. John Delaney, Time, "Congressman: 97% of Americans Want One Kind of Gun Control. Here’s Why Congress Hasn’t Acted," 13 Apr. 2018 Goldstein: Canavan had a gift of discernment that enabled him to rightly judge the signs of the times. Nr Interview, National Review, "Capturing a Spiritual Father’s Freedom and Wisdom," 12 Jan. 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

: with certainty : for sure

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