rightful

adjective
right·​ful | \ˈrīt-fəl \

Definition of rightful 

2a : having a just or legally established claim : legitimate the rightful owner

b : held by right or just claim : legal rightful authority

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

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Other Words from rightful

rightfully \ ˈrīt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
rightfulness noun

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.

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There were also rightful comments about her perfection of the art of the messy bun. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Issued Her Best Clapback Yet After Sharing This Breastfeeding Pic," 7 July 2018 The move sparked a legal battle over the rightful interim head of the agency—the deputy picked by Mr. Corday or the acting chief picked by Mr. Trump. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Kathy Kraninger to Be Nominated to Head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," 16 June 2018 Hoffman still owns a one-third stake in the pearl, and he’s always seen himself as the pearl’s rightful guardian, the only one who could successfully market it. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 The theft of trade secrets violates federal law, stifles innovation, and injures the rightful owners of that intellectual property. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018 That was enough for McHugh to file a pre-emptive lawsuit against NASA, demanding Laura be declared the rightful owner. CBS News, "Tennessee woman suing NASA to keep moon dust she says Neil Armstrong gave her," 4 July 2018 Approximately, $2 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to its rightful owners in Texas. State Senator Robert Nichols, Houston Chronicle, "Nichols: Comptroller hoping to reconnect Texans with unclaimed property," 29 June 2018 The theft of trade secrets violates federal law, stifles innovation, and injures the rightful owners of that intellectual property. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018 In an effort to find its rightful owner, police have reached out on Facebook and Twitter with a photo of the weed packed in clear bags and organized by strain. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "10 pounds of pot was sent to 'wrong address.' Indiana cops have message for the owner," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of rightful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rightful was before the 12th century

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rightful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rightful

: according to the law

: proper or appropriate

rightful

adjective
right·​ful | \ˈrīt-fəl \

Kids Definition of rightful

: lawful sense 2, proper … Grace had convinced herself that she was the rightful heir.— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game

Other Words from rightful

rightfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb The money is rightfully his.

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