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[ rahyt-fuhl ]


  1. having a valid or just claim, as to some property or position; legitimate:

    the rightful owner of the farm.

  2. belonging or held by a valid or just claim:

    one's rightful property.

  3. equitable or just, as actions or a cause.


/ ˈraɪtfʊl /


  1. in accordance with what is right; proper or just
  2. prenominal having a legally or morally just claim

    the rightful owner

  3. prenominal held by virtue of a legal or just claim

    my rightful property

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Derived Forms

  • ˈrightfulness, noun
  • ˈrightfully, adverb

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Other Words From

  • rightful·ly adverb
  • rightful·ness noun
  • un·rightful adjective
  • un·rightful·ly adverb
  • un·rightful·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rightful1

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

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Example Sentences

I really think the meta narrative for me is that this is a year that gaming has finally been accepted at its rightful place as the biggest form of entertainment.

We should respect their rightful role in keeping our streets and cities vibrant, healthy and safe.

On the other side of the bracket, PSG will square off with RB Leipzig, and a healthy Mbappé means Les Parisiens are the rightful favorites in this semifinal clash.

Pick and rolls featuring Lillard as the ball-handler and Nurkić as the screener have resumed their rightful place as the foundation of the team’s offense.

It maybe painful at times for some people but it’s a positive and necessary process to go through for us to take a rightful place alongside all these other businesses who went through it a few years ago.

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But fear of something that is not actually a threat is not rightful fear, but rather paranoia.

Imagine the rightful morning-after furor if a racial slight had been broadcast in primetime.

Still, taking their rightful place behind the bar comes with a unique set of challenges.

Theoretically, the bank should have tried to find the rightful owner.

“Fire cannot kill a dragon,” says Dany, who asserts her claim as the rightful Targaryen heir to the Iron Throne.

But one thing remained for Felipe now, If Ramona lived, he would find her, and restore to her this her rightful property.

When a man's in clink, his nag gets nothing but mild exercise till his rightful rider gets out.

Mr. Chumley worshipped money, anyway, and this was a worshippers rightful attitude.

The good character of the Irish railways was thus re-established, and they again held their rightful place in public esteem.

John Smith was later charged with sedition, acquitted, and finally restored to his rightful council position.


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