entitlement

noun en·ti·tle·ment \ in-ˈtī-tᵊl-mənt , en- \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018
1 a : 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

  1. my entitlement to a refund

  2. celebrities who have an arrogant sense of entitlement

  3. entitlements such as medical aid for the elderly and poor

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First Known Use of entitlement

1782

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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ENTITLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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)

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


Law Dictionary

entitlement

noun en·ti·tle·ment
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)
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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