Definition of entitlement
2 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program
3 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
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 of entitlement from the Web
As a candidate, Donald Trump set himself apart from other Republicans by promising to protect entitlement spending…
As a candidate, Donald Trump set himself apart from other Republicans by promising to protect entitlement spending.
Themes of class, race and entitlement underscore each scene, and there’s violence and manipulation at work even before devolving into brutality.
As long as entitlement programs go forward without any reform, popular and important social programs will continue to be reduced or abandoned.
Another entitlement like Social Security and Medicare!
The public loves entitlements—social security, health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid.
As a non-binding statement of priorities, the budget had once been a point of pride for House Republicans, who rallied behind the entitlement reforms and tax cuts in the blueprints Ryan wrote as chairman of the Budget Committee.
Similarly, the changing age divisions in the parties suggest policy impacts - concerns about college costs and debt with one group versus concerns about entitlement programs with the other.
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First Known Use of entitlement
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Definition of entitlement for English Language Learners
: 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
Legal Definition of entitlement
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) Editor's 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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