What does rightly mean?

Definitions for rightly
ˈraɪt liright·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rightly, justly, justifiedlyadverb

    with honesty

    "he was rightly considered the greatest singer of his time"


  1. rightlyadverb

    Aright, in a right manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rightlyadverb

    Etymology: from right.

    Each of his reign allotted, rightlier call’d
    Pow’rs of fire, air, water, and earth beneath. John Milton.

    Descend from heav’n, Urania! by that name
    If rightly thou art call’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    For glory done
    Of triumph, to be styl’d great conquerors,
    Patrons of mankind, gods, and sons of gods;
    Destroyers rightlier call’d, and plagues of men. John Milton.

    A man can never have so certain a knowledge, that a proposition, which contradicts the clear principles of his own knowledge, was divinely revealed, or that he understands the words rightly, wherein it is delivered; as he has, that the contrary is true. John Locke.

    Is this a bridal or a friendly feast?
    Or from their deeds I rightlier may divine,
    Unseemly flown with insolence or wine. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Let not my jealousies be your dishonour;
    You may be rightly just, whatever I shall think. William Shakespeare.

    Should I grant, thou didst not rightly see;
    Then thou wert first deceiv’d. Dryden.

    We wish one end; but differ in order and way, that leadeth rightly to that end. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.


  1. rightly

    Rightly is an adverb that refers to doing something in a correct, proper, accurate or fair manner. It implies that an action is done in accordance with what is morally good or well-justified. It can also mean 'very' or 'truly' when used to emphasize the point being made.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rightlyadverb

    straightly; directly; in front

  2. Rightlyadverb

    according to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; uprightly; as, duty rightly performed

  3. Rightlyadverb

    properly; fitly; suitably; appropriately

  4. Rightlyadverb

    according to truth or fact; correctly; not erroneously; exactly

  5. Etymology: [AS. richtlice.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rightly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2899

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rightly' in Adverbs Frequency: #348

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rightly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rightly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of rightly in a Sentence

  1. Sajid Javid:

    If you have a general election in the interim, that is where the focus will be and there will be people in Brussels rightly thinking who is going to form the next government, but I am clear that in the time that we have you can continue to have those discussions, you can reach a deal and bring it to parliament.

  2. Ken Paxton:

    The court rightly recognized that when the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5 last session, it complied with every change the 5th Circuit ordered to the original voter ID law, safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy.

  3. Aristotle:

    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

  4. Secretary Esper:

    On the first day, as President Donald Trump rightly said, we thought it might have been an attack, some of us speculated it could have been, for example, a Hezbollah arms shipment that blew up, maybe a Hezbollah bomb making facility, who knows ?

  5. Swami Krishnananda:

    What man needs is not philosophy or religion in the academic or formalistic sense of the term, but ability to think rightly. The malady of the age is not absence of philosophy or even irreligion but wrong thinking and a vanity which passes for knowledge. Though it is difficult to define right thinking, it cannot be denied that it is the goal of the aspirations of everyone.

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