Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rightly”

See all translations

rightly

adverb uk   /ˈraɪt.li/ us  

rightly adverb (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)

B2 behaving in a way that is suitable and acceptable: They quite rightly complained to the manager.rightly or wrongly used to mean that something may or may not be morally correct, but it is a fact: Rightly or wrongly, she has been given the post of managing director.
More examples

rightly adverb (CORRECTLY)

B2 in a correct or exact way: Many people rightly believe that the war is a sham.
(Definition of rightly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rightly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rightly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More