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Definition of rightful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [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.
adverb She was only claiming what was rightfully hers. The property rightfully belonged to his brother, not to him.
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