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rightful

adjective right·ful \ˈrīt-fəl\

: according to the law

: proper or appropriate

Full Definition of RIGHTFUL

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a :  having a just or legally established claim :  legitimate <the rightful owner>
b :  held by right or just claim :  legal <rightful authority>
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:  proper, fitting <assured of his rightful place in history — Brian Duff>
right·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
right·ful·ness noun
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Examples of RIGHTFUL

  1. The property should be returned to its rightful owner.
  2. He will be given his rightful place in the history books.

First Known Use of RIGHTFUL

14th century

Rhymes with RIGHTFUL

RIGHTFUL Defined for Kids

rightful

adjective right·ful \ˈrīt-fəl\

Definition of RIGHTFUL for Kids

:  lawful 2, proper <… Grace had convinced herself that she was the rightful heir. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
right·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb <The money is rightfully his.>

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