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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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 Southworth said entitlement is a common thread among men who turn violent. refinery29.com, "The Capital Gazette Shooting Is A Tragic Reminder: Take Abuse Of Women Seriously.," 29 June 2018 Crushing entitlement is a signature of the Harbaugh process. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football roster challenge interesting motivator by Harbaugh," 13 June 2018 The insidiously toxic entitlement that pervades the Star Wars fandom is no secret, and is fast becoming a burden that threatens to eclipse the relative merits of the continuation of this movie series. Tom Philip, GQ, "Kelly Marie Tran Deleted Her Social Media After Being Harassed by Star Wars Fans," 5 June 2018 Still, the demonstration of muscle by Jochum and her fellow ballplayers meant that no male entitlement would ever be safe again. Andrea Modica, Smithsonian, "Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women’s Baseball Players Took the Field," 23 May 2018 Divas ranging from Leontyne Price to Aretha Franklin to FKA Twigs have a similar hauteur, and why shouldn’t entitlement be part of their act? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Anika Noni Rose’s Star-Making Self-Possession in “Carmen Jones”," 9 July 2017 Has this become an entitlement of an expectation of a permanent state, or is this a transitional program to help people get back on their feet? Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "In Chicago, Trump’s ag secretary says pain from China trade fight ‘a temporary situation’," 26 June 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)

: 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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