3. Having the right or just claim according to established laws; being or holding by right; as, the rightful
heir to a throne or an estate; a rightful king.
4. Belonging, held, or possessed by right, or by just claim; as, a rightful inheritance; rightful authority.
Syn. Just; lawful; true; honest; equitable; proper.
(Right"ful*ly), adv. According to right or justice.
1. The quality or state of being rightful; accordance with right and justice.
2. Moral rectitude; righteousness. [Obs.] Wyclif.
We fail of perfect rightfulness.Sir P. Sidney.
1. Situated or being on the right; nearer the right hand than the left; as, the right-hand side, room, or
2. Chiefly relied on; almost indispensable.
Mr. Alexander Truncheon, who is their right-hand man in the troop.Addison. Right-hand rope, a rope which is laid up and twisted with the sun, that is, in the same direction as
plain-laid rope. See Illust. of Cordage.
1. Using the right hand habitually, or more easily than the left.
2. Having the same direction or course as the movement of the hands of a watch seen in front; said
of the motion of a revolving object looked at from a given direction.
3. (Zoöl.) Having the whorls rising from left to right; dextral; said of spiral shells. See Illust. of Scalaria.
Right-handed screw, a screw, the threads of which, like those of a common wood screw, wind spirally
in such a direction that the screw advances away from the observer when turned with a right-handed
movement in a fixed nut.
(Right"-hand`ed*ness), n. The state or quality of being right-handed; hence, skill; dexterity.
(Right"-heart`ed) a. Having a right heart or disposition. Right"-heart`ed*ness, n.
(Right"less), a. Destitute of right. Sylvester.
(Right"-lined`) a. Formed by right lines; rectilineal; as, a right-lined angle.
(Right"ly), adv. [AS. richtlice.]
1. Straightly; directly; in front. [Obs.] Shak.
2. According to justice; according to the divine will or moral rectitude; uprightly; as, duty rightly performed.