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[rahyt-fuh l] /ˈraɪt fəl/
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.
proper; appropriate; fitting.
Origin of rightful
late Old English
before 1150; Middle English; late Old English rihtful; see right (noun), -ful
Related forms
rightfully, adverb
rightfulness, noun
unrightful, adjective
unrightfully, adverb
unrightfulness, noun
Can be confused
right, righteous, rightful (see usage note at right) Unabridged
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  • Tina is keeper of the hens, who consider her garden their rightful domain.
  • It would be better to keep our mouths closed at his rightful criticism, than to open them.
  • Science has a rightful place alongside those elements of culture, because it too is vital to a full and rich life.
  • The whole idea of returning property to its rightful owners in wartime was unprecedented.
  • These days, the idea that tradition has a rightful claim on the university has little support.
  • It is great to see his work being given its rightful due.
  • And they gave it a shot to bring that into its rightful place.
  • Most grantees did nothing but still considered themselves the rightful owners.
  • Now what you need to do is put him back into his rightful position which is under you and your husband.
  • He jerks around wide-eyed and winds up as if to return the hat to its rightful owner.
British Dictionary definitions for rightful


in accordance with what is right; proper or just
(prenominal) having a legally or morally just claim: the rightful owner
(prenominal) held by virtue of a legal or just claim: my rightful property
Derived Forms
rightfully, adverb
rightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rightful

Old English rihtful; see right (adj.1) + -ful. Related: Rightfully; rightfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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