Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rightly \Right"ly\, adv. [AS. richtlice.]
Straightly; directly; in front. [Obs.]
According to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; uprightly; as, duty rightly performed.
Properly; fitly; suitably; appropriately.
Eve rightly called, Mother of all mankind.
According to truth or fact; correctly; not erroneously; exactly. ``I can not rightly say.''
Thou didst not rightly see.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
adv. aright, in a right manner, correctly, justifiably.
Usage examples of "rightly".
Winfield Scott, the veteran General-in-Chief, rightly revered by the whole service as a most experienced, farsighted, and practical man, was ably assisted by W.
So might we better now agen, If we knew how, as then we did, To use them rightly in our need: 550 Tumults, by which the mutinous Betray themselves instead of us.
Huskisson rightly asked whether this amercement of five pounds, and this subscription of one shilling a week to the funds of the association, which every member was called upon to pay and contribute, would not produce to each of the parties, if placed in a saving-bank, far more beneficial and advantageous results?
He believed true wisdom to be an attainable idea, and that the moral convictions of the mind, those eternal instincts of temperance, conscientiousness, and justice, implanted in it by the gods, could not deceive, if rightly interpreted.
Rightly were you dipped three times, because you were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, Who on the third day rose again from the dead.
As you so rightly surmise, bibliomania is indeed one of my principal pleasures, the other being alcoholism.
The civvies were straight down into the foot wells of their vehicles and quite rightly so.
Often and often I wondered: should I rightly be wearing the soccus of comedy or the cothurnus of tragedy?
I confess that the night you spent with us was a cruel one, but I do not think that you did rightly in giving up your visits to Madame Orio.
Nor for a moment I did think you capable of leaving me to my fate as a punishment for having refused to give way to your transports, and I am glad that I read your character rightly.
Before sounding the alarm he ran for his digicam, rightly anticipating that everybody in Alfa soon would swarm in and obliterate every clue.
Rightly, then, should France worship, and deafen the disaccord Of those who dare withstand an irresistible sword To thwart his predestined subjection of Europe.
He was prepared for the presence of Dodger, whom he rightly concluded to be the agent of Tim Bolton, but he could not understand why Florence should be in the library at this late hour.
Gordon had guessed rightly that Durk Undis did not want to go back to his superior and report the mission aborted by such a slight difficulty.
Green to Literature and Science delivering a most undeserved eulogium on myself, with a more rightly directed one on Arnold, Swinburne, and the old pride of Balliol, Clough: this was cleverly and almost touchingly answered by dear Mat Arnold.