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 And rightly so: Teslas make anything with a tailpipe feel like an antique. Dan Neil, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Radek Sikorski was in high dudgeon, and rightly so. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021 Employee Experience & Culture Customer Experience has become a huge focus point over the past few years – and rightly so. Arne Van Damme, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Sputtering audience members swarmed Baker after the performance, and rightly so. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Overall, the food’s the star of this review, and rightly so. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Sep. 2021 These conversations often revolve around the framework of ESG (environmental, social, and governance), and rightly so. Jordi Ferrer, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 County officials are wary of the proposal, rightly so. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Americans revere their Constitution — and rightly so. Adam M. Carrington, National Review, 17 Sep. 2021

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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 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rightly

: in a way that is correct : correctly
: for a good reason : in a way that is proper or appropriate
: with certainty : for sure

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