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Meaning of “rightly” in the English Dictionary

"rightly" in British English

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rightlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈraɪt.li/
  • 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 ​morallycorrect, but it is a ​fact: Rightly or ​wrongly, she has been given the ​post of ​managingdirector.

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(Definition of rightly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rightly" in American English

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rightlyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈrɑɪt·li/
with good ​judgment: You did have the ​opportunity, and rightly or ​wrongly, you didn’t ​follow up on it.
in a way that is ​considered to be ​morally good or ​acceptable or ​fair: She rightly ​protested against the ​idea that women can’t ​succeed in ​politics.
with ​freedom from ​doubt: I ​think these ​people don’t rightly ​know what they’re doing.
(Definition of rightly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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