Definition of rightly in English:

rightly

adverb

  • 1Correctly:

    ‘if I remember rightly, she never gives interviews’
    • ‘Brown rightly says that the heavy lifting in changing attitudes and engaging people with difficult issues has to be done by civil society too.’
    • ‘You rightly said that the royal coroner announced earlier this year that there would be an inquest.’
    • ‘HBOS rightly argues that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the government taking its share of the house market boom.’
    • ‘The Government rightly says that cancer is a national priority, yet the system that's expected to deliver it is too fragmented.’
    • ‘They guessed, rightly, that his talks were having little or no effect in Ireland.’
    • ‘The exam, if I remember rightly, involved just multiple choice questions, and filling in blank spaces.’
    • ‘Potts v Miller, if I remember rightly, was a case about the purchase of a hotel or a shop or something, was it not?’
    • ‘If I remember rightly they were considering options at the time and the public were asked to make submissions.’
    • ‘My father had rightly anticipated that I might be concerned about their opposition to my being in love with a Muslim.’
    • ‘It has often and rightly been said that there can be no precise correlation between a personal injury and a sum of money.’
    • ‘That scene was deliberately written to be a disaster, but Hetty does rather enjoy herself if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘One of those games involving touch-dial phone control, if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘Ben guessed rightly that he was going to try and grab their horses and have them ready at the back door.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly, last time you were here, I asked you why you were so interested in me.’
    • ‘Above all, it is a simple, straightforward and transparent system as rightly stated by Jayalalithaa.’
    • ‘As you rightly stated, the story reported was an accurate account of the events in the Council Chamber that evening.’
    • ‘David Morgan rightly points out the tuition charges have been levied since 1995 but the alternative was no tuition at all.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly I was about twelve when I had my first filling.’
    • ‘If we remember rightly, the councillor who asked the officer about this, later abstained.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly, there is hardly a month or two between us.’
    1. 1.1 With good reason:
      ‘the delicious cuisine for which her country was rightly famous’
      • ‘During the 1980s, more radical voices rightly said that we needed to go beyond merely opposing discrimination.’
      • ‘Well, they did, with a truly electric performance of Hamlet that rightly received prolonged applause at the end.’
      • ‘We live in a world that is rightly suspicious of offers that seem too good to be true; we are often skeptical and even cynical.’
      • ‘If Bobbitt's predictions prove correct, The Shield of Achilles will rightly be seen as an epochal work.’
      • ‘And yes, the reporting of crime does make the public think, and quite rightly so.’
      • ‘Princess Margaret's decision to be cremated has been rightly praised as being ecologically correct.’
      • ‘Women, it can rightly be said, are custodians of the social status that we all enjoy in that they play a major part in our upbringing.’
      • ‘Parents are rightly asking some hard questions of us, for example: how can we do more to encourage jobs that fit around school hours?’
      • ‘The river-fishing heritage in Evesham is something the locals are rightly proud of and will celebrate this coming weekend.’
      • ‘Well, I have to say not every adult will take that attitude and will point out, quite rightly, that the red man was up and they should have waited.’
      • ‘On the contrary, we remain, rightly, shocked by these incidents.’
      • ‘The concept of giving perfect financial advice has rightly been discredited and a system of warnings is the natural alternative.’
      • ‘Much of the debate of the review of York's Green Belt review will rightly centre on the areas that may be used for future development.’
      • ‘He is one of the pioneers of that city's sound and is rightly considered to be the best DJ playing techno in the World today.’
      • ‘You are clearly angry at some of the vile postings, quite rightly so.’
      • ‘Today, such arrangements are coming under an increasing amount of scrutiny by savers and the media, and quite rightly so.’
      • ‘New Labour now seeks rightly to protect Grosvenor Square, but some of us remember when they wanted to storm it.’
      • ‘They can be rightly proud of all that they have achieved.’
      • ‘The malpractices, incompetence, cronyism and corruption he rightly castigates are not a product of devolution.’
      • ‘His tactical acumen has been rightly criticised, but in the end it seems even his motivational powers were dimmed when he lost his spark for the job.’
      justifiably, justly, legitimately, rightly, properly, reasonably
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  • 2In accordance with justice or what is morally right:

    ‘the key rightly belonged to Craig’
    • ‘You may be tempted to lay the blame where it rightly belongs, on others.’
    • ‘It follows, in my judgment, that this evidence was rightly admitted and the appellant was rightly convicted.’
    • ‘The Crown in that case submitted that the confessions were rightly admitted and that the convictions were safe and satisfactory.’
    • ‘He had breached a curfew order, committed theft and failed to surrender to custody, and was rightly jailed for four months.’
    • ‘The defendants rightly do not contend that incidental activity of this nature would involve any excess of the grant.’
    • ‘Charity shops rightly enjoy a number of advantages, including low business rates, because of their charitable status.’
    • ‘Britain, rightly, has distanced itself from this summary system of justice, without the right of appeal.’
    • ‘The income of Telstra rightly belongs to all Australians, not just to those who purchase shares.’
    • ‘The City striker had been hauled back by Cliff Byrne as he tried to race on to a Darren Edmondson ball and the United defender was rightly booked.’
    • ‘One is looking in virtually all cases at powers that the police have, intrusive powers which they rightly and properly have.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that this concession was rightly made by defendants.’
    • ‘These applicants were on the agreed facts rightly convicted and I would therefore refuse the leave sought.’
    • ‘I do hope that you will continue to give it the support it so rightly deserves.’
    • ‘It's now time for the people of the town to get behind them and help them get back where they rightly belong, but let's have fun on the way.’
    • ‘It accused the Lib Dems of ‘pinching the votes’ that rightly belonged to other parties.’
    • ‘The council should pull its finger out and give the mayor the fine he so rightly deserves.’
    • ‘That is not to discount their crimes, for which they have been rightly or wrongly convicted, but would be a humane gesture.’
    • ‘Homeowners, residents, families and staff now need your support to achieve what our residents rightly deserve.’
    • ‘I seek to change the focus of politics in Ireland away from money and back to families, where it rightly belongs.’
    • ‘The Chancellor clearly resents these concessions and believes that this untaxed tax is rightly his, if only he could find a way to collect it.’
    justifiably, rightfully, rightly, by rights, justly, fairly, appropriately, fittingly, suitably, aptly, according to one's due, duly
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Pronunciation:

rightly

/ˈrʌɪtli/