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Definition of rightful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    rightful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈraɪtfl//
     
    [only before noun] (formal)
     
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  1. 1that is correct, right, or legal synonym proper
  2. 2 The stolen car was returned to its rightful owner. Every piece of furniture was returned to its rightful place when we finished painting the room.
NAmE//ˈraɪtfəli//
 
adverb She was only claiming what was rightfully hers. The property rightfully belonged to his brother, not to him.
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