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rightful

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adjective right·ful \ˈrīt-fəl\

Simple Definition of rightful

  • : according to the law

  • : proper or appropriate

Full Definition of rightful

  1. 1 :  just, equitable

  2. 2 a :  having a just or legally established claim :  legitimate <the rightful owner> b :  held by right or just claim :  legal <rightful authority>

  3. 3 :  proper, fitting <assured of his rightful place in history — Brian Duff>

right·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
right·ful·ness noun

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.



14th Century

First Known Use of rightful

14th century

Rhymes with rightful



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