Definition of rightful in English:


Line breaks: right|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪtfʊl
, -f(ə)l/





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  • The car was launched in a blaze of publicity in mid 2002, and rightfully so.
  • Roy has empowered them to claim what is rightfully theirs by exercising their right to information
  • Since their demise, public opinion of the Stooges has, rightfully, undergone a dramatic reappraisal.


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  • A democracy can't exist if one political side continually denies the ability and the rightfulness of the other side to take charge of affairs.
  • In other words, we are going to get into the circumstances of the rightfulness or wrongfulness of the gentleman's removal from this country in the first place.
  • The whole relationship must not only demonstrate, to his mind, its necessity, but its absolute rightfulness.


Old English rihtful 'upright, righteous' (see right, -ful). The notion of ‘legitimacy’ dates from Middle English.

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