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Definition of rightful:

  1. Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim; as, a rightful inheritance; rightful authority.
  2. Consonant to justice; just; as, a rightful cause.
  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.
  4. Righteous; upright; just; good; - said of persons.

Synonyms:

principled, righteous, lawful, due, fit, virtuous, moral, right-minded, merited, legitimate, proper, appropriate, fitting, ethical, deserved, suitable, true, just, right.

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