Definition of rightful
rightfullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
Examples of rightful in a Sentence
The property should be returned to its rightful owner.
He will be given his rightful place in the history books.
Recent Examples of rightful from the Web
The balancing act taking place in the Milk Punch has earned the bar program rightful acclaim.
Like many Americans of his time, Franklin believed that although the king had rightful authority over the colonies, Parliament did not because the colonists had no direct representation in that body.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the toe stolen from the Downtown Hotel Sourdough Saloon in Dawson City has been returned to its rightful owner, accompanied by a letter of apology.
For Kobach, the question of citizenship, and who has a rightful claim to it, is at the heart of his lawsuits and legislation.
Engelhardt heard testimony in March in the trial during which Wayne Breen's insurers, Pruco Life Insurance Co. and Lincoln National Life Insurance Co, sought direction on who his rightful beneficiary was.
America cannot afford to lose our rightful share of that market to our competitors.
After all, rightful car owners would need that information to create new keys if they were locked out, Fisher said.
While Jay Ajayi is clearly the most well-rounded back on the Dolphins' roster, and therefore the rightful owner of the depth chart's top position, the team will be able to turn to the members of its backfield for help in 2017.
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First Known Use of rightful
before 12th century
RIGHTFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rightful for English Language Learners
: according to the law
: proper or appropriate
RIGHTFUL Defined for Kids
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