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



BrE BrE//ˈraɪtfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪtfl//
[only before noun] (formal)
jump to other results
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 OriginOld English rihtful ‘upright, righteous’ (see right, -ful). The notion of “legitimacy” dates from Middle English.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rightful