Definition of entitlement
2 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program
3 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
Examples of entitlement in a Sentence
my entitlement to a refund
celebrities who have an arrogant sense of entitlement
entitlements such as medical aid for the elderly and poor
Recent Examples of entitlement from the Web
Yet as safety-net programs have expanded, there is more political pressure to keep those benefits – even as fiscal pressure is mounting to reduce the cost of entitlement programs.
Unlike Trump's budget, the House proposal cuts into Medicare and Social Security – entitlement programs that the president has pledged to preserve.
As late as 2011, Obama accepted that a compromise on entitlement reform would mean spending cuts.
As for declaratory relief, his demands include a third of net profits from Drake recordings, entitlement to audit both Cash Money and Universal, termination of the Young Money label, and more.
This is the first skirmish of many entitlement battles to come.
Toomey has galvanized conservatives behind his proposal to cut that program and provide what some consider the most dramatic curtailment of an entitlement program in a generation.
But many historians now see Agrarian Justice as one of the intellectual foundations of the Social Security entitlement program.
These would be drastic changes from Medicaid's current open-ended entitlement, which allows states to receive more federal funding if health care demands rise.
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First Known Use of entitlement
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Definition of entitlement for English Language Learners
: the condition of having a right to have, do, or get something
: the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)
: a type of financial help provided by the government for members of a particular group
Legal Definition of entitlement
1 : the state or condition of being entitled : claim evidence of victim's entitlement to money seized — National Law Journal
2 : a right to benefits that is granted especially by law or contract (as an insurance policy) Editor's note: Some courts have held that entitlements are a property interest and therefore subject to procedural due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution when denied by federal or state governments.
3 : a government program that provides benefits to members of a group that has a statutory entitlement; also : the benefits distributed by such a program
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