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British Dictionary definitions for ruly

ruly

adjective facetious
  1. orderly; well-behaved; tidy

Word Origin

C20: back-formation from unruly
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Examples from the Web for ruly

Historical Examples

  • The minister was the great man, and his bodily presence was a restraint upon the unruly, and the ruly too, for that matter.

    Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant

    William Cullen Bryant


Word Origin and History for ruly

adj.

"conforming to (religious) rule; amenable to rule, disciplined, orderly," reuleli; from rule (n.) + -ly (2).

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