entitlement

noun
en·​ti·​tle·​ment | \ in-ˈtī-tᵊl-mənt , en-\

Definition of entitlement

1a : the state or condition of being entitled : right
b : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
2 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
3 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program

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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
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That includes entitlements like Medicaid, that don’t require annual funding approval from Congress, as well as dozens of other programs that do — in addition to specific grants. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 When people of color point out the inherent entitlement that accompanies whiteness, we are often dismissed out of hand. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Thank-You Letter to Kim Kardashian for Proving White Privilege Is Real," 7 June 2018 This law is destroying business and the individual because of its exorbitant costs and unfunded entitlements. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "14 Idaho candidates on Trump, how they voted & his job performance today | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 Without the fast-track budget reconciliation, there is no chance entitlement cuts conservative Republicans are seeking can be enacted because Democrats can employ a Senate filibuster. Fortune, "U.S. Budget Deficit Expected to Surpass $1 Trillion by 2020," 9 Apr. 2018 Federal health care spending remains the principal driver of entitlement spending. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty," 20 Dec. 2018 Being a longtime actor, this isn't the first time that Headey has spoken out about male entitlement in the industry. Evelyn Wang, Allure, "A Male Reporter Told Lena Headey She Looks “Disappointing” in Person, and Oh, How I Wish She’d Name Names," 31 July 2018 America’s entitlements are on a path to collapse, and few politicians—including Mr. Trump—have an appetite to do anything about it. Tom Giovanetti, WSJ, "Why Not ‘Trump Retirement Accounts’?," 31 Oct. 2018 Angry white male entitlement is the elevator music of our age. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of entitlement

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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entitlement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of entitlement

: 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)
US : a type of financial help provided by the government for members of a particular group

entitlement

noun
en·​ti·​tle·​ment

Legal Definition of entitlement

1 : the state or condition of being entitled : claim evidence of victim's entitlement to money seizedNational Law Journal
2 : a right to benefits that is granted especially by law or contract (as an insurance policy)

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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