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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Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images Political observers have rightly called attention to the similarities between Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process and that of Clarence Thomas in 1991. Seth Masket, Vox, "How the parties have and haven’t changed since the Thomas-Hill hearings," 28 Sep. 2018 His ninth nearly came in the 32nd minute, but it was rightly called back for offside in the 32nd minute. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie lead Union to tie at New York Red Bulls," 26 May 2018 One source, who has (rightly) been skeptical about past launch dates set by the commercial crew program, expressed optimism that both SpaceX and NASA are working effectively toward a January launch date for this mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 Consumers, rightly, demand inclusivity of their products. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 The first try is often (and rightly) an awkward, anxious, and low-key painful anticlimax. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Is There a “Right” Way to Lose Your Virginity?," 19 Oct. 2018 But there's one aspect of Meghan's style that is (rightly) out of reach for everyone: her engagement ring, which holds special meaning to both her and Prince Harry. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Buckingham Palace Sells Replica of Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring for $40," 26 Sep. 2018 Prominent and powerful men in the community were prosecuted for homosexual activities and the Statesman's coverage was rightly criticized for contributing to the hysteria that ruined people's lives. idahostatesman, "About Us: 150 Years of News and Change | Idaho Statesman," 1 Aug. 2015 Cardi was rightly outraged because Offset was stealing her moment as the first female opener of Rolling Loud! Vogue, "Was Cardi B, or Her Publicist, in on Offset's "Surprise" Appearance at Her Show?," 17 Dec. 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
informal : with certainty : for sure

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to deny responsibility for

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