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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.
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rightly adverb (CORRECTLY)

B2 in a correct or exact way: Many people rightly believe that the war is a sham.
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