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rightful Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite legally valid
    • a rightful inheritance
  2. adjective satellite having a legally established claim
    true; lawful.
    • the legitimate heir
    • the true and lawful king

Right"ful adjective
  1. Righteous; upright; just; good; -- said of persons. Obs. Chaucer.
  2. Consonant to justice; just; as, a rightful cause.
  3. Having the right or just claim according to established laws; being or holding by right; as, the rightful heir to a throne or an estate; a rightful king.
  4. Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim; as, a rightful inheritance; rightful authority. Syn. -- Just; lawful; true; honest; equitable; proper.

Webster 1913