rightful

adjective right·ful \ ˈrīt-fəl \

Definition of rightful

2 a :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

rightfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

rightfulness

noun

Examples of rightful in a Sentence

  1. The property should be returned to its rightful owner.

  2. He will be given his rightful place in the history books.

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First Known Use of rightful

before 12th century


RIGHTFUL Defined for English Language Learners

rightful

adjective

Definition of rightful for English Language Learners

  • : according to the law

  • : proper or appropriate


RIGHTFUL Defined for Kids

rightful

adjective right·ful \ ˈrīt-fəl \

Definition of rightful for Students

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

rightfully

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


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