from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Right or proper; just.
  • adjective Having a just or proper claim.
  • adjective Held or owned by just or proper claim.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Righteous; upright; just; good; -- said of persons.
  • adjective Consonant to justice; just.
  • adjective Having the right or just claim according to established laws; being or holding by right
  • adjective Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective By right, by law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a legally established claim
  • adjective legally valid


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  • a1122 O.E. Chron. (Laud MS.) an. 1100, Eall thet the Gode waes laedh & rihtfullan mannan..waes asgewunelic on thisan lande.

    May 26, 2008

  • See pointing the brie.

    January 23, 2010

  • Ummmm....what??

    January 23, 2010

  • From chained_bear on pointing the brie: "In fact, this situation is exactly why the word 'rightful' was coined." :-)

    January 24, 2010

  • I got that, it's the travis post that eludes me!

    January 24, 2010

  • (I) see.

    January 24, 2010

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    January 24, 2010