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rightful

[ rahyt-fuhl ]
/ ˈraɪt fəl /
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adjective
having a valid or just claim, as to some property or position; legitimate: the rightful owner of the farm.
belonging or held by a valid or just claim: one's rightful property.
equitable or just, as actions or a cause.
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Origin of rightful

First recorded before 1150; Middle English; late Old English rihtful; see right (noun), -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM rightful

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rightful

right, righteous, rightful
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How to use rightful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rightful

rightful
/ (ˈraɪtfʊl) /

adjective
in accordance with what is right; proper or just
(prenominal) having a legally or morally just claimthe rightful owner
(prenominal) held by virtue of a legal or just claimmy rightful property

Derived forms of rightful

rightfully, adverbrightfulness, noun
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