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 If not, police secrecy could risk turning our law enforcement agencies into the secret police that Americans rightly fear and despise in other countries. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America Has a Secret Police Problem," 27 June 2020 Uresti’s office is rightly proud of — do not apply to business owners. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Property taxes a problem without a solution for business owners," 26 June 2020 Headlines have rightly prioritized COVID-19 disruptions and Black Lives Matter defiance, but the landmark of Pride turning 50 seems to have been met with silent resignation. George Mccalman, SFChronicle.com, "The SF Pride that wasn’t: Organizers, luminaries see loss and opportunity," 26 June 2020 Commercial airlines have always been bad businesses: capital-intensive, cyclical, and rightly seen as commodities. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: The coronavirus is crushing airlines, but these stocks should bounce back," 24 June 2020 Spaniards are rightly fed up with being cast by foreigners as violent fanatics, and a backward exception in Europe. The Economist, "Too many setbacks A historian sets out to explain Spain’s tumultuous past," 20 June 2020 The visitors almost had the chance to clinch all three points but VAR rightly overturned another penalty that was awarded to United in the closing stages after Fernandes went down. Ben Church, CNN, "Marcus Rashford takes a knee and raises his fist, but is denied the perfect ending to a momentous week," 19 June 2020 Quarterbacks generally get too much blame and too much credit for how their teams fare, and Tittle and Jurgensen are rightly Hall of Famers even without a playoff win between them. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how Matthew Stafford can justify his top-10 ranking this season," 17 June 2020 Some of those surveyed are rightly concerned about the perils of rushed science. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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