right +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪtli/
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rightly (comparative rightlier or more rightly, superlative rightliest or most rightly)

  1. In a right manner, correctly, justifiably.
    She was quite rightly disappointed in not being promoted.
    I don't rightly know what he meant by that remark.
    • 1909, Sidney Morse, An Encyclopaedia of Practical Recipes and Processes, The Success Company, page 21:
      If rightly used, it will save a great deal of money in every household.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, [] .
    • 2011 October 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Wolverhampton 1-2 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      Steven Fletcher headed in for Wolves late on, who were denied a penalty and what appeared to be a legitimate equaliser in stoppage time.
      Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will rightly be aggrieved by those two decisions.