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rightly

[rahyt-lee] /ˈraɪt li/
adverb
1.
in accordance with truth or fact; correctly:
to see rightly; to understand rightly.
2.
in accordance with morality or equity; uprightly.
3.
properly, fitly, or suitably:
to be rightly dressed.
4.
Informal. with certainty; positively:
I can't rightly say.
Origin of rightly
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English rihtlīce. See right, -ly
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  • By birth, howbeit, he said (if rightly, I recall it) that the hero was descended from Perseus.

  • Talking, rightly considered, is the expression and epitome of life itself.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Jefferson rightly attributed to Burr Republican success in the election.

  • If I rightly know what my damsel means, it signifies all the Christians.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • He tried to persuade me gently, but at last let me be, knowing that I spoke in earnest and with all wish to seek it rightly.

    King Alfred's Viking Charles W. Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for rightly

rightly

/ˈraɪtlɪ/
adverb
1.
in accordance with the facts; correctly
2.
in accordance with principles of justice or morality
3.
with good reason; justifiably: he was rightly annoyed with her
4.
properly or suitably; appropriately: rightly dressed for a wedding
5.
(used with a negative) (informal) with certainty; positively or precisely (usually in the phrases I don't rightly know, I can't rightly say)
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Word Origin and History for rightly
adv.

Old English rihtlice "justly, virtuously; properly, regularly, correctly;" see right (adj.1) + -ly (2).

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