Privilege definition

prĭvə-lĭj, prĭvlĭj
Privilege is a right or advantage that you have others may not have.

An example of a privilege is the money to afford an expensive education.

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A basic civil right, guaranteed by a government.
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A right, advantage, favor, or immunity specially granted to one; esp., a right held by a certain individual, group, or class, and withheld from certain others or all others.
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Such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others.
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An advantage that is not enjoyed by everyone; a special exemption, immunity, or legal right granted to a person or a class of persons; an exception.
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Protection from being forced to disclose confidential communications in certain relationships, as between attorney and client, physician and patient, or priest and confessor.
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A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise; preferential treatment.

All first-year professors here must teach four courses a term, yet you're only teaching one! What entitled you to such a privilege?

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(finance) A call, put, spread, or other option.
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To privilege means to give someone a special favor.

An example of to privilege is for a new manager to get extra perks.

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To grant special favored status to.
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(law) A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.

Your honor, my client is not required to answer that; her response is protected by attorney-client privilege.

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(computing) An ability to perform an action on the system that can be selectively granted or denied to users; permission.
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(archaic) To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.
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(archaic) To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.
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The principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity.

A society based on privilege.

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The definition of privilege is a right granted to some, but not to all.

An example of a privilege is the right to join a specific club.

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An option to buy or sell a stock, including put, call, spread, and straddle.
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A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste.
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Protection from being sued for libel or slander for making otherwise actionable statements in a context or forum where open and candid expression is deemed desirable for reasons of public policy.
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To grant a privilege to.
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To free or exempt.
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An option, as a put or call, to buy or sell a stock.
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The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.

In order to advance racial equality in the United States, what we've got to do is reduce white privilege.

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To grant a privilege or privileges to.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
privilege
Plural:
privileges

Origin of privilege

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin prīvilēgium a law affecting one person prīvus single, alone per1 in Indo-European roots lēx lēg- law leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French privilege, from Latin privilegium (“an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual”), from privus (“private”) + lēx, legis (“law”).

    From Wiktionary