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adjective facetious
  1. orderly; well-behaved; tidy
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Word Origin for ruly

C20: back-formation from unruly
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Historical Examples of ruly

  • 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


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

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