en·​ti·​tle·​ment | \ in-ˈtī-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce entitlement (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web All that sense of entitlement, rival fans are irritated by it. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 The ideal situation for a country is steady, manageable population growth, which tends to go in tandem with a dynamic labor market and adequate provision for seniors, through entitlement programs or care by younger family members. Adrian Raftery, The Conversation, 21 June 2021 The trust funds for Social Security and Medicare are heading toward exhaustion in the coming decades unless the Biden administration can find a way to slow the growth of spending on entitlement programs. Glenn Hubbard, WSJ, 20 June 2021 Morally and fiscally this self-dealing and sense of entitlement is a scandal in and of itself. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Fans’ laser focus on stars and stars’ tendency to please can even lead fans to disturbing levels of entitlement. Kristin J. Lieb, The Conversation, 17 June 2021 And this sense of lack of entitlement reaches further. Joy Burnford, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Increasingly, that form of entitlement is being questioned — if not entirely dismantled — thanks to a generational ethos that centers on human dignity and mutual respect and refuses to recognize unspoken rules of protecting the boss at all costs. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2021 Why make entitlement to RBT contingent on an exit tax, outwardly portrayed as a type of wealth taxation? Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'entitlement.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of entitlement

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of entitlement was in 1782

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“Entitlement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entitlement. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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



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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