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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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 The theft of trade secrets violates federal law, stifles innovation, and injures the rightful owners of that intellectual property. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Struggling Fitbit now has 5 ex-employees who face criminal charges," 15 June 2018 The handwritten note is what Cicco’s attorney, Christopher McHugh, told the Post will be essential in proving the rightful owner of the moon dust. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Moon dust from Neil Armstrong belongs to her, not NASA, Tennessee woman says in lawsuit," 14 June 2018 Your mother, as the rightful owner of the house, will have to sign a new deed if your sister tries to sell it. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Is condo board obligated to intervene when neighbors argue over noise?," 13 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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