Definition of "rightful" []

  • Right or proper; just. (adjective)
  • Having a just or proper claim: Return this dog to its rightful owner. (adjective)
  • Held or owned by just or proper claim: This land is my rightful property. (adjective)
  • In accordance with what is right; proper or just (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having a legally or morally just claim (adjective)
  • Held by virtue of a legal or just claim (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rightful" in a sentence
  • "We're live as he shows up to take what he calls his rightful place."
  • "He expressed appreciation for South Africa's support of what he termed a rightful struggle."
  • "Actions like these will make it very hard for your sons to claim what you refer to as their rightful share."