American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a correct manner; properly: act rightly.
- adv. With honesty; justly.
- adv. Informal Really: I don't rightly know.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a straight or right line; directly.
- According to justice, duty, or the divine will; uprightly; honestly; virtuously.
- Properly; fitly; suitably: as, a person rightly named.
- According to truth or fact; not erroneously; correctly: as, he has rightly conjectured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. obsolete Straightly; directly; in front.
- adv. According to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; uprightly.
- adv. Properly; fitly; suitably; appropriately.
- adv. According to truth or fact; correctly; not erroneously; exactly.
- adv. with honesty
“There he was a minute or two since, seated by that cannon, apparently an attentive and much edified auditor of a discussion we were holding on the celebrated theory of a certain bishop of your own country; which theory, rightly considered -- mind, I say _rightly considered_ -- neighbor”
“It hath been therefore a great felicity to these kingdoms, that the heirs to titles and large estates, have a weakness in their eyes, a tenderness in their constitutions, are not able to bear the pain and indignity of whipping; and as the mother rightly expresses it, could never take to their book; yet are well enough qualified to sign a receipt for half a year's rent, to put their names (_rightly spelt_) to”
“The Great Depression of the 1930s -- the last time the term rightly applied -- was industrial capitalism's worst calamity.”
“And we heard a very stinging response from the Palestinians already to what you called rightly a sweeping statement by Ariel Sharon.”
“Wage of Sin," all bound alike, don't make what I call a rightly differentiated lib'ry.”
“Their balls had always been a hit with both the Four Hundred and the gossip-hungry press, so Mrs. Bradley-Martin rightly divined a gigantic ball held that winter would go over just as easily.”
“She, quite rightly, is suing the government for its unconscionable treatment of her.”
“The BBC and Britain rightly have very little influence on the only true democracy in the Middle East.”
“Henrietta Twycross-Martin rightly compares it to a Fred Astaire movie.”
“This is, of course, completely ridiculous, and Joe Klein rightly calls out McCain, saying: They'd be taking a country?”
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