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

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 on the Web There is a sense of entitlement that has caused a lack of respect for adults, peers, and our country. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 Garver also describes an attitude of entitlement at NASA, with many in the organization being unwilling to ask hard questions about whether or not their costly programs serve the public interest. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 29 July 2022 That’s an existential problem for California, which has the largest water entitlement of any state on the Colorado River. Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 During arguments Monday, Roberts at one point asked whether the law could be challenged if Texas had made the entitlement much higher, $1 million. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2021 During arguments Monday, Roberts at one point asked whether the law could be challenged if Texas had made the entitlement much higher, $1 million. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, 1 Nov. 2021 The new federal entitlement aims to put an end to the patchwork system currently in place nationwide, opening the door for millions of workers to begin receiving aid that their states or employers do not pay today. Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2021 The irrigation district holds the single largest water entitlement on the river, and Hamby spoke about defending the interests of agricultural communities and the environment, and not letting the interests of unchecked urban growth take precedence. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 Murray Bartlett hit the jackpot with his role in HBO's The White Lotus, a searing satire of white privilege and entitlement from creator Mike White. Ew Staff, EW.com, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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