a : having a just or legally established claim : legitimate <the rightful owner>
b : held by right or just claim : legal <rightful authority>
: proper, fitting <assured of his rightful place in history — Brian Duff>
— right·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
— right·ful·ness noun
Examples of RIGHTFUL
- The property should be returned to its rightful owner.
- He will be given his rightful place in the history books.
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Related to RIGHTFUL
- competent, condign, deserved, due, fair, justified, merited, right, just, warranted
- undeserved, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustified, unmerited, unwarranted
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