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Legal RightPlay
Use 'rightful' to stress that something is according to law or fairness, especially when there's been controversy. SlideAfter the court decision, she was acknowledged as the rightful owner of the property.
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Moral ClaimPlay
'Rightful' often suggests a moral right in addition to a legal one, implying that something is just. SlideThe campaign fought to give the villagers the rightful access to the forest.
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Restoring JusticePlay
Use 'rightful' when something is returned or restored after being taken or lost unjustly. SlideThe exile finally returned to his rightful home after many years.