Adverbs That Start With R

Adverbs reverberate in the land of grammar in order to provide greater description to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Realistically, you've probably come across them before in your reading and writing. You can readily spot them by their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly.

Adverbs That Start With R Adverbs That Start With R

Rapidly is an adverb in the same way rather is an adverb. Let's get really rambunctious and leap into a list of 50 adverbs that start with R.

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50 Adverbs Starting With R

Together, we'll reel in 50 of the most common R-adverbs. Beside them is a reasonably precise definition, as well as a few synonyms:

Adverb

Definition

Synonym

racially

in a way that relates to race or race differences

genetically, culturally, ethnically

randomly

without method or conscious decision

haphazardly, aimlessly, by chance

rapidly

at a great rate

speedily, swiftly, quickly

rarely

not often

exceptionally, occasionally, seldomly

rather

to a certain extent or degree

fairly, slightly, relatively

rationally

in a logical manner

sensibly, intelligently, judiciously

readily

without hesitation

easily, freely, quickly

realistically

in a way that demonstrates a sensible idea of what can be achieved

sensibly, practically, rationally

really

without a doubt

actually, indeed, truly

reasonably

in a fair and sensible way

rationally, sanely, sensibly

reassuringly

in a way that removes doubt and fears

assuredly, convincingly, encouragingly

recently

at a recent time; not long ago

lately, freshly, newly

recklessly

without regard for cost or consequence

dangerously, heedlessly, carelessly

refreshingly

in a reinvigorating way

exhilaratingly, freshly, invigoratingly

regardless

something which is not dependent upon current circumstances

anyway, nevertheless, either way

regionally

in a large but limited area

locally, provincially, territorially

regretfully

in a manner that inspires regret

remorsefully, apologetically, sorrowfully

regrettably

used to express apology for something

sadly, grievously, horribly

regularly

with a constant frequency or pattern

automatically, commonly, frequently

relatively

compared with something else

approximately, comparably, almost

relentlessly

done in a constant or harsh way

brutally, mercilessly, savagely

reliably

in a dependent manner

dependably, faithfully, predictably

religiously

with consistent and conscientious regularity

regularly, automatically, faithfully

reluctantly

doing something against your will

unwillingly, involuntarily, hesitantly

remarkably

in a manner that is unusual, extraordinary, or worthy of attention

exceptionally, extraordinarily, uncommonly

remotely

at a distance; far away

distantly, obscurely, secludedly

repeatedly

done several times or in repetition

frequently, regularly, habitually

repetitively

in a manner characterized by repetition, especially when it is unnecessary or tiresome

tediously, constantly, monotonously

reportedly

according to what someone said

supposedly, allegedly, apparently

reputedly

according to general belief

seemingly, ostensibly, obviously

resolutely

with all of one's heart

bravely, firmly, obstinately

respectfully

in a manner that shows regard for someone or something

considerately, deferentially, courteously

respectively

in the order given

accordingly, subsequently, correspondingly

responsibly

in a manner that is marked by good decisions and caring for others

maturely, competently, effectively

retroactively

something done after the fact

retrospectively, subsequently

reverently

something done in a deeply respectful way

admiringly, earnestly, fondly

rhetorically

in a manner whereby a question is asked as a statement rather than a method of eliciting information

hyperbolically, pretentiously

rhythmically

in a manner that relates to a consistent beat or meter

gracefully, neatly, dexterously

richly

in an elaborate, generous, or plentiful way

amply, lavishly, opulently

ridiculously

in a manner that is funny, embarrassing, or implausible

stupidly, absurdly, unbelievably

rightfully

in accordance with what is right or just

fairly, lawfully, justly

rightly

with justice

fairly, properly, suitably

rigorously

done in a very strict, hard, severe, or intense way

severely, firmly, sternly

robustly

in a sturdy and strong manner

strongly, fully, resolutely

romantically

in a way that is expressive of feelings of love

sentimentally, lovingly, passionately

roughly

in a manner that is coarse, uneven, tough, or difficult

harshly, rudely, austerely

routinely

in a manner that has become common or expected

usually, commonly, frequently

royally

to an extreme degree

utterly, completely, thoroughly

rudely

in a manner that does not conform to what society says is polite

impolitely, bluntly, harshly

ruthlessly

in a manner that doesn't show any compassion or mercy

cruelly, mercilessly, savagely

To add even more adverbs to your expanding vocabulary, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!

What Is an Adverb?

Adverbs like to dance around our verbs, providing more information. And, although they typically adorn verbs, they're not strictly tied to them. They can also modify adjectives and other adverbs.

A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "rhythmically" and "rudely."

Let's take a closer look at what adverbs do:

  • Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "randomly" describe how something was done.
  • Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "remotely" describe the location of where something happened.
  • Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "recently" describe when something took place.
  • Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "rather" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.

For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.

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10 Example Sentences

Ready to explore some of these R-adverbs in action? Here are ten of them in sentence form:

  1. He randomly selected two rabbits from the breeder.
  2. She was always readily available to her students.
  3. Rachel reassuringly patted her on the back as they prayed together.
  4. She recently broke a new record on Words With Friends.
  5. She drove recklessly to the hospital to get to her father.
  6. The detective relentlessly pursued the villain.
  7. Mom repeatedly told Raul to stop chasing the kitten.
  8. Robert respectfully declined the invitation to the annual gala.
  9. Rebecca was romantically involved with her boss and we all know how that ended.
  10. He ruthlessly cut through the weeds to reach the clearing in the woods.

Routinely Edit Your Adverbs

Although adverbs are great friends to the verb, you don't want to dress all your verbs in adverbs. Adding too many -ly words to our sentences can clog them up, making our writing appear clunky.

Instead, opt for a remarkably strong and unique verb, when possible. Still, that's not to say you shouldn't continue to acquaint yourself with this interesting member of the grammar family. In fact, why not start all the way back at the beginning, with Adverbs That Start With A? Enjoy the journey!