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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
rightful
    adj 1: legally valid; "a rightful inheritance"
    2: having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir";
       "the true and lawful king" [syn: true(a), lawful,
       rightful(a)]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Rightful \Right"ful\, a.
   1. Righteous; upright; just; good; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
      --Chaucer.
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   2. Consonant to justice; just; as, a rightful cause.
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   3. Having the right or just claim according to established
      laws; being or holding by right; as, the rightful heir to
      a throne or an estate; a rightful king.
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   4. Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim;
      as, a rightful inheritance; rightful authority.
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   Syn: Just; lawful; true; honest; equitable; proper.
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Thesaurus Results for rightful:

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