from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Right or proper; just.
- adj. Having a just or proper claim: Return this dog to its rightful owner.
- adj. Held or owned by just or proper claim: This land is my rightful property.
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- adj. By right, by law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Righteous; upright; just; good; -- said of persons.
- adj. Consonant to justice; just.
- adj. Having the right or just claim according to established laws; being or holding by right
- adj. Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Righteous; upright; just and good.
- Just; consonant to justice: as, a rightful cause; a rightful war.
- Having the right or just claim according to established laws: as, the rightful heir to a throne or an estate.
- Being or belonging by right or just claim: as, one's rightful property.
- Proper; suitable; appropriate.
- =Syn. 2-4. Just, Upright, etc. (see righteous), true, lawful, proper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a legally established claim
- adj. legally valid
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