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Definition of rightful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rightful

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈraɪtfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪtfl//
 
[only before noun] (formal)
 
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that is correct, right or legal synonym proper The stolen car was returned to its rightful owner. Every book and ornament was returned to its rightful place when we had finished painting the room. Word Origin Old English rihtful ‘upright, righteous’ (see right, -ful). The notion of “legitimacy” dates from Middle English.
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