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English definition of “rightly”


adverb (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE)    /ˈraɪ
B2 behaving in a way that is suitable and acceptable: They quite rightly complained to the manager.Virtue and moral goodSuitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good 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.Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good Grammar:Right or rightly?We use both right and rightly as adverbs, but they are used in different ways and with different meanings.See more
(Definition of rightly adverb (MORALLY ACCEPTABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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