[ rahyt-lee ]
/ ˈraɪt li /


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.

Nearby words

  1. rightfully,
  2. righting reflex,
  3. rightish,
  4. rightism,
  5. rightist,
  6. rightness,
  7. righto,
  8. rights,
  9. rights issue,
  10. rightsize

Origin of rightly

before 900; Middle English; Old English rihtlīce. See right, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for rightly


/ (ˈraɪtlɪ) /


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



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

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