Definition of rightly in English:

rightly

adverb

  • 1Correctly.

    ‘if I remember rightly, she never gives interviews’
    • ‘The Government rightly says that cancer is a national priority, yet the system that's expected to deliver it is too fragmented.’
    • ‘Above all, it is a simple, straightforward and transparent system as rightly stated by Jayalalithaa.’
    • ‘My father had rightly anticipated that I might be concerned about their opposition to my being in love with a Muslim.’
    • ‘They guessed, rightly, that his talks were having little or no effect in Ireland.’
    • ‘David Morgan rightly points out the tuition charges have been levied since 1995 but the alternative was no tuition at all.’
    • ‘The exam, if I remember rightly, involved just multiple choice questions, and filling in blank spaces.’
    • ‘You rightly said that the royal coroner announced earlier this year that there would be an inquest.’
    • ‘It has often and rightly been said that there can be no precise correlation between a personal injury and a sum of money.’
    • ‘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 they were considering options at the time and the public were asked to make submissions.’
    • ‘As you rightly stated, the story reported was an accurate account of the events in the Council Chamber that evening.’
    • ‘HBOS rightly argues that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the government taking its share of the house market boom.’
    • ‘That scene was deliberately written to be a disaster, but Hetty does rather enjoy herself if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘If we remember rightly, the councillor who asked the officer about this, later abstained.’
    • ‘One of those games involving touch-dial phone control, if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘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, last time you were here, I asked you why you were so interested in me.’
    • ‘Brown rightly says that the heavy lifting in changing attitudes and engaging people with difficult issues has to be done by civil society too.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly, there is hardly a month or two between us.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly I was about twelve when I had my first filling.’
    1. 1.1With good reason.
      ‘the delicious cuisine for which her country was rightly famous’
      • ‘And yes, the reporting of crime does make the public think, and quite rightly so.’
      • ‘The river-fishing heritage in Evesham is something the locals are rightly proud of and will celebrate this coming weekend.’
      • ‘On the contrary, we remain, rightly, shocked by these incidents.’
      • ‘You are clearly angry at some of the vile postings, quite rightly so.’
      • ‘New Labour now seeks rightly to protect Grosvenor Square, but some of us remember when they wanted to storm it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Parents are rightly asking some hard questions of us, for example: how can we do more to encourage jobs that fit around school hours?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The malpractices, incompetence, cronyism and corruption he rightly castigates are not a product of devolution.’
      • ‘Princess Margaret's decision to be cremated has been rightly praised as being ecologically correct.’
      • ‘Well, they did, with a truly electric performance of Hamlet that rightly received prolonged applause at the end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Bobbitt's predictions prove correct, The Shield of Achilles will rightly be seen as an epochal work.’
      • ‘Today, such arrangements are coming under an increasing amount of scrutiny by savers and the media, and quite rightly so.’
      • ‘They can be rightly proud of all that they have achieved.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The concept of giving perfect financial advice has rightly been discredited and a system of warnings is the natural alternative.’
      • ‘During the 1980s, more radical voices rightly said that we needed to go beyond merely opposing discrimination.’
  • 2In accordance with justice or what is morally right.

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

rightly

/ˈrʌɪtli/