Definition of rightly in US English:

rightly

adverb

  • 1Correctly.

    ‘if I remember rightly, she never gives interviews’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If we remember rightly, the councillor who asked the officer about this, later abstained.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly I was about twelve when I had my first filling.’
    • ‘Potts v Miller, if I remember rightly, was a case about the purchase of a hotel or a shop or something, was it not?’
    • ‘It has often and rightly been said that there can be no precise correlation between a personal injury and a sum of money.’
    • ‘Brown rightly says that the heavy lifting in changing attitudes and engaging people with difficult issues has to be done by civil society too.’
    • ‘David Morgan rightly points out the tuition charges have been levied since 1995 but the alternative was no tuition at all.’
    • ‘The Government rightly says that cancer is a national priority, yet the system that's expected to deliver it is too fragmented.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly, there is hardly a month or two between us.’
    • ‘That scene was deliberately written to be a disaster, but Hetty does rather enjoy herself if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘Above all, it is a simple, straightforward and transparent system as rightly stated by Jayalalithaa.’
    • ‘One of those games involving touch-dial phone control, if I remember rightly.’
    • ‘My father had rightly anticipated that I might be concerned about their opposition to my being in love with a Muslim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you rightly stated, the story reported was an accurate account of the events in the Council Chamber that evening.’
    • ‘They guessed, rightly, that his talks were having little or no effect in Ireland.’
    • ‘If I remember rightly, last time you were here, I asked you why you were so interested in me.’
    • ‘HBOS rightly argues that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the government taking its share of the house market boom.’
    correctly, accurately, properly, exactly, precisely, aright, rightly, perfectly, unerringly, faultlessly, truly
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    1. 1.1 With good reason.
      ‘the delicious cuisine for which her country was rightly famous’
      • ‘The river-fishing heritage in Evesham is something the locals are rightly proud of and will celebrate this coming weekend.’
      • ‘Well, they did, with a truly electric performance of Hamlet that rightly received prolonged applause at the end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are clearly angry at some of the vile postings, quite rightly so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They can be rightly proud of all that they have achieved.’
      • ‘If Bobbitt's predictions prove correct, The Shield of Achilles will rightly be seen as an epochal work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During the 1980s, more radical voices rightly said that we needed to go beyond merely opposing discrimination.’
      • ‘On the contrary, we remain, rightly, shocked by these incidents.’
      • ‘Princess Margaret's decision to be cremated has been rightly praised as being ecologically correct.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 concept of giving perfect financial advice has rightly been discredited and a system of warnings is the natural alternative.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And yes, the reporting of crime does make the public think, and quite rightly so.’
      • ‘The malpractices, incompetence, cronyism and corruption he rightly castigates are not a product of devolution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New Labour now seeks rightly to protect Grosvenor Square, but some of us remember when they wanted to storm it.’
      • ‘Today, such arrangements are coming under an increasing amount of scrutiny by savers and the media, and quite rightly so.’
      justifiably, justly, legitimately, rightly, properly, reasonably
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    2. 1.2 In accordance with justice or what is morally right.
      ‘the key rightly belonged to Craig’
      • ‘I seek to change the focus of politics in Ireland away from money and back to families, where it rightly belongs.’
      • ‘I do hope that you will continue to give it the support it 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The income of Telstra rightly belongs to all Australians, not just to those who purchase shares.’
      • ‘I have no doubt that this concession was rightly made by defendants.’
      • ‘You may be tempted to lay the blame where it rightly belongs, on others.’
      • ‘One is looking in virtually all cases at powers that the police have, intrusive powers which they rightly and properly have.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had breached a curfew order, committed theft and failed to surrender to custody, and was rightly jailed for four months.’
      • ‘Charity shops rightly enjoy a number of advantages, including low business rates, because of their charitable status.’
      • ‘It accused the Lib Dems of ‘pinching the votes’ that rightly belonged to other parties.’
      • ‘It follows, in my judgment, that this evidence was rightly admitted and the appellant was rightly convicted.’
      • ‘Homeowners, residents, families and staff now need your support to achieve what our residents rightly deserve.’
      • ‘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 defendants rightly do not contend that incidental activity of this nature would involve any excess of the grant.’
      • ‘These applicants were on the agreed facts rightly convicted and I would therefore refuse the leave sought.’
      • ‘Britain, rightly, has distanced itself from this summary system of justice, without the right of appeal.’
      justifiably, rightfully, rightly, by rights, justly, fairly, appropriately, fittingly, suitably, aptly, according to one's due, duly
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Pronunciation

rightly

/ˈrītlē//ˈraɪtli/