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[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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English rihtlīce. See right, -ly
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  • Employment is what brings in the money, and you rightly note that this is not a way to riches let alone being solvent.
  • However, when artifacts emerge on the scene quite apart from archaeological digs, experts rightly question authenticity.
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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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