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rightly

[rahyt-lee] /ˈraɪt li/
adverb
1.
in accordance with truth or fact; correctly:
to see rightly; to understand rightly.
2.
in accordance with morality or equity; uprightly.
3.
properly, fitly, or suitably:
to be rightly dressed.
4.
Informal. with certainty; positively:
I can't rightly say.
Origin of rightly
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English rihtlīce. See right, -ly
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  • 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 Horatio Alger
  • 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.

  • Now Wiseli first rightly understood these words, and felt their full meaning.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for rightly

rightly

/ˈraɪtlɪ/
adverb
1.
in accordance with the facts; correctly
2.
in accordance with principles of justice or morality
3.
with good reason; justifiably: he was rightly annoyed with her
4.
properly or suitably; appropriately: rightly dressed for a wedding
5.
(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
adv.

Old English rihtlice "justly, virtuously; properly, regularly, correctly;" see right (adj.1) + -ly (2).

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