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rightful

[rahyt-fuh l] /ˈraɪt fəl/
adjective
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.
4.
proper; appropriate; fitting.
Origin
late Old English
1150
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for rightfulness

rightful

/ˈraɪtfʊl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
rightfully, adverb
rightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rightfulness

rightful

adj.

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

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