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rightly

[ rahyt-lee ]
/ ˈraɪt li /
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adverb

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.

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Origin of rightly

before 900; Middle English; Old English rihtlīce.See right, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for rightly

rightly
/ (ˈraɪtlɪ) /

adverb

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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