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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a correct manner; properly: act rightly.
  • adv. With honesty; justly.
  • adv. Informal Really: I don't rightly know.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Aright, in a right manner, correctly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with honesty

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