from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not rightful; unjust; not consonant with justice.
  • Not having right; not legitimate.


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  • G. End most forms of debt, which are really based on speculators cashing in due to (unrightful) ownership of land.

    Geonomics and the true cost of poverty

  • I'm just saying, I'd hate to see the Town Council get slapped with a costly unrightful termination suit.

    Gabriel Delahaye: LiveBlogging Kid Nation: Save a Polar Bear, Ride an Eskimo

  • He should not only grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, but he should halt all execution in the state of California, because it is apparent that they are engaging in wrongful conviction and unrightful discrimination ...

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2005

  • Under that merciless star light of infinity, any unrightful challenger would be brushed into nothingness as effortlessly as a man might brush an ant from his sleeve.

    The Grey King

  • For Erik, the brother of Harald, despising his exceedingly tender years, invaded the country with rebels, and seized the crown; nor was he ashamed to assail the lawful infant sovereign, and to assume an unrightful power.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • We must, however, leaving all cases of abuse out of the question, remember, that a really unrightful favor, granted to the debtor, may possibly entail the ruin of his creditor.

    System der volkswirthschaft. English

  • That, and tax cuts, were the unprofessional / unrightful preoccupation of the media - because they didn't just report, but fed the hysteria.


  • For Taiwan, fighting for an international recognition is a lonely journey and a constant uphill battle against unrightful pressure from mainland China.

    Foreign Policy In Focus

  • The commission should investigate the alleged unrightful granting of academic titles at the faculty where some students, mainly state administration and police officials and politicians, completed their studies suspiciously quickly, as well as the role of the accreditation commission and the Education Ministry in the checks of the faculty.

    Prague Monitor


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