AskDefine | Define rightfully

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rightfully adv : by right; "baseball rightfully is the nation's pastime" [syn: truly]

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  1. In accordance with what is right or just


  • The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. -- John Stuart Mill

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

appropriately, as is proper, as is right, by right, by rights, condignly, correctly, deservedly, disinterestedly, dispassionately, duly, equally, equitably, evenly, fair, fairly, fittingly, impartially, impersonally, in all conscience, in reason, inequity, injustice, justifiably, justifiedly, justly, meetly, properly, right, rightly, upon even terms, warrantably, warrantedly, without distinction
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