en·​ti·​tle·​ment in-ˈtī-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce entitlement (audio)
: the state or condition of being entitled : right
: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group
also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program

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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Word History

First Known Use

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 29 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: the state or condition of being entitled : claim
evidence of victim's entitlement to money seizedNational Law Journal
: 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.

: 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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