Pronunciation: (rīt'ful), [key]
1. having a valid or just claim, as to some property or position; legitimate: the rightful owner of the farm.
2. belonging or held by a valid or just claim: one's rightful property.
3. equitable or just, as actions or a cause.
4. proper; appropriate; fitting.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.