(comparative more rightwise, superlative most rightwise)
- 1531, Sir Thomas Elyot, The Boke named The Governour: Book III
- And Plato sayeth that it is extreme iniustice he to seme rightwise which in dede is uniuste.
- 2006, Percy Grainger, edited by Malcolm Gillies, David Pear, and Mark Carroll, Self-portrait of Percy Grainger, page 167:
- Man feels maddened by his pent-uppness, & woman seems to understand that a rightwise man's cruel-fain-th is part of his hunger for women.
From Middle English rightwise, rightwis, from Old English rihtwīs (“righteous, just; right, justifiable”), corresponding to right + -wise. The second element was later confused with or assimilated to -ous, leading to the modern spelling righteous.
right + -wise