Definition of “rightly” - English Dictionary

“rightly” in British English

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uk /ˈraɪ us /ˈraɪ

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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(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/

rightly adverb [ not gradable ] (WISELY)

with good judgment:

You did have the opportunity, and rightly or wrongly, you didn’t follow up on it.

rightly adverb [ not gradable ] (MORALLY)

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.

rightly adverb [ not gradable ] (WITHOUT DOUBT)

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)