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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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