Meaning of “rightful” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “rightful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rightfuladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈrɑɪt·fəl/

having a just and fair claim according to the law:

The stolen property was returned to the rightful owners.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈrɑɪt·fə·li/

This portion of land is rightfully theirs.

(Definition of “rightful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)