1 legally valid; "a rightful inheritance" [syn: rightful(a)]
2 having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir"; "the true and lawful king" [syn: true(a), lawful, rightful(a)]
- By right, by law.
- Who shall pull this sword from the stone is rightful king of England.
according to Hoyle, actionable, applicable, appropriate, apt, authentic, authorized, balanced, becoming, befitting, bona fide, candid, card-carrying, competent, condign, constitutional, correct, de jure, decent, decorous, defensible, deserved, dinkum, due, equitable, even, evenhanded, fair, fair and square, fit, fitting, following the letter, genuine, good, honest, honest-to-God, impartial, inartificial, judicial, juridical, just, justiciable, justifiable, justified, kosher, lawful, lawmaking, legal, legislative, legit, legitimate, level, licit, lifelike, literal, meet, meet and right, merited, natural, naturalistic, nice, normal, normative, original, proper, pure, real, realistic, requisite, right, right and proper, righteous, sanctioned, seemly, simon-pure, simple, sincere, square, statutory, sterling, suitable, sure-enough, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming, uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undisguised, undisguising, undistorted, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished, valid, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, warrantable, warranted, within the law, word-for-word