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.

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

rightfully, adverb
rightfulness, noun
unrightful, adjective
unrightfully, adverb
unrightfulness, noun

right, righteous, rightful (see usage note at right).
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rightful (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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Example sentences
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
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