- in accordance with truth or fact; correctly: to see rightly; to understand rightly.
- in accordance with morality or equity; uprightly.
- properly, fitly, or suitably: to be rightly dressed.
- Informal. with certainty; positively: I can't rightly say.
Origin of rightly
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Examples from the Web for rightly
Bonauto, now an official MacArthur genius, is rightly known as the Thurgood Marshall of the marriage movement.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
The sex workers I spoke with rightly call it “vile,” “gross,” “terrifying,” and “exploitative.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
Waivers were also encouraged by states and the federal government who saw them, rightly, as a cost-cutting measure.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
It rightly blames both Israeli and Palestinian intransigence for its failure.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
Levin rightly disparages the “nostalgia” that he says “blinds” both liberals and conservatives to this new reality.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
But he was a man and his own master—if you can rightly call a man his own master that does them things.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I don't want to trouble him, but I was bound he shouldn't keep from me what was rightly my due.Brave and Bold
No suspicion or fear can be rightly directed toward our country.
My wife had rightly told me, Sir, that you were a very clever and honest man.The Imaginary Invalid
Now Wiseli first rightly understood these words, and felt their full meaning.Rico and Wiseli
- in accordance with the facts; correctly
- in accordance with principles of justice or morality
- with good reason; justifiablyhe was rightly annoyed with her
- properly or suitably; appropriatelyrightly dressed for a wedding
- (used with a negative) informal with certainty; positively or precisely (usually in the phrases I don't rightly know, I can't rightly say)
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Word Origin and History for rightly
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