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Merited or earned: a richly deserved punishment.

de·serv′ed·ly (-zûr′vĭd-lē) adv.
de·serv′ed·ness n.
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justly or rightly earned; merited.
de•serv′ed•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.deserved - properly deserved; "a merited success"
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adjective well-earned, just, right, meet (archaic), fitting, due, fair, earned, appropriate, justified, suitable, merited, proper, warranted, rightful, justifiable, condign his reputation for political skill is well deserved
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When she looked at the letter again -- when she read the words once more which told her that the recovery of the lost fortune was her sister's triumph, not hers, she had victoriously trampled down all little jealousies and all mean regrets; she could say in he r hearts of hearts, "Norah has deserved it!"
I have deserved it richly, and even a more severe penalty."
IT is no part of mine to narrate the adventures of John Nicholson, which were many, but simply his more momentous misadventures, which were more than he desired, and, by human standards, more than he deserved; how he reached California, how he was rooked, and robbed, and beaten, and starved; how he was at last taken up by charitable folk, restored to some degree of self-complacency, and installed as a clerk in a bank in San Francisco, it would take too long to tell; nor in these episodes were there any marks of the peculiar Nicholsonic destiny, for they were just such matters as befell some thousands of other young adventurers in the same days and places.
A spokesman said: "In years gone by knights would fight on behalf of their country so there was little question they deserved their title.
He said authors deserved more recognition and should be given special treatment like famous footballers and athletes in the country.
We got deserved never this Ole Gunnar defeat "I told them, not you.
Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen has congratulated the Philippines for what she called 'another richly deserved victory' in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2018.
In the 2014 pre-election poll, Democratic and Republican voters supported most incumbents in roughly equal, and low, numbers -- roughly one-quarter each said most members of Congress deserved re-election.
But Klopp insisted Newcastle deserved to win the game and added: "I said, at this moment maybe we deserved a point and sometimes you have to get dirty points and I have no problems with dirty points, not in games like this today but if you asked me who is the more deserving winner, then my feeling is it's more Newcastle.
Comrade Shahid stressed the right of Rohingyas to citizenship in their country of birth, saying they deserved equal rights and opportunities.