right, rightly

Right can be a noun (you have a right), a verb (right this wrong), an adjective (my right foot), or an adverb (right after bedtime). Rightly is an adverb only (rightly dressed). Both right and rightly can be used as adverbs to modify verbs (Spell it right or rightly), but only rightly is standard in the meaning of "properly": "The arrested man rightly refused to talk to the police." Both right and the plural rights have many additional meanings, but one can avoid overusing such already-hackneyed expressions as "be in one's right mind," "put things right," "the right thing at the right time," "right of way," "right wing," "right about-face," "right away," "out in right field," "let the left hand know what the right hand is doing," "right to work," "in one's own right," "in the right," "by rights," and "set to rights." "Right along," "right soon," "right off," and "right smart" are informal and not-recommended phrases indicating the use of right as an adverb.

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  • rightly — right, rightly 1. Right is used as an adverb meaning ‘in the right way, in a proper manner’ with a number of verbs, notably do right, go right (as in Nothing went right), guess right, spell something right, treat someone right. In general,… …   Modern English usage

  • right — right, rightly 1. Right is used as an adverb meaning ‘in the right way, in a proper manner’ with a number of verbs, notably do right, go right (as in Nothing went right), guess right, spell something right, treat someone right. In general,… …   Modern English usage

  • rightly — See right, rightly …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • right — See right, rightly …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • rightly — right|ly [ˈraıtli] adv 1.) correctly, or for a good reason ≠ ↑wrongly ▪ I was, as you rightly said , the smallest boy in the class. ▪ As you so rightly pointed out , things are getting worse. ▪ They have been treated badly, and they are rightly… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rightly — right|ly [ raıtli ] adverb ** 1. ) for a good reason: It was a vicious foul, and the referee rightly removed him from the game. quite rightly (=very rightly): Everyone is quite rightly concerned about what is going to happen now. and rightly so ( …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • right|ly — «RYT lee», adverb. 1. justly; fairly: »The decision was rightly made by a judge. 2. correctly; exactly; accurately: »He rightly guessed that I was safe. 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • rightly — right•ly [[t]ˈraɪt li[/t]] adv. 1) in accordance with truth or fact; correctly: if I understand rightly[/ex] 2) in accordance with morality or equity 3) properly; suitably: rightly dressed[/ex] 4) Informal. with certainty; positively: I don t… …   From formal English to slang

  • Right — Right, n. [AS. right. See {Right}, a.] 1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, the opposite of moral wrong. (b) A true… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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