Rightly Right"ly, adv. [AS. richtlice.] 1. Straightly; directly; in front. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. According to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; uprightly; as, duty rightly performed. [1913 Webster]

3. Properly; fitly; suitably; appropriately. [1913 Webster]

Eve rightly called, Mother of all mankind. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. According to truth or fact; correctly; not erroneously; exactly. ``I can not rightly say.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou didst not rightly see. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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