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

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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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Meanwhile, Trump explicitly promised not to touch entitlements, much to the chagrin of the rest of the field. Jeff Stein, chicagotribune.com, "Howard Schultz ignoring 2016's lessons, say Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton alumni," 6 June 2018 Mandatory spending which is entitlements, that goes to $2 trillion over the next decade. NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 15, 2018," 15 Apr. 2018 Mandatory spending which is entitlements, that goes to $2 trillion over the next decade. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Paul Ryan has no good answers for the ballooning deficits that happened under his watch," 15 Apr. 2018 Finally, Schultz’s fixation on entitlement cuts betrays either an ignorance of – or callous indifference to – the bleak finances of America’s retirees. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Must Reject Howard Schultz and His Radical Centrist Ideology," 6 June 2018 The transformation is somewhat surprising, since Trump ran as candidate unencumbered by party orthodoxy, willing to decry entitlement cuts and criticize George W. Bush for the lies that led to the Iraq War. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Republicans Killed Anti-Trumpism," 10 Jan. 2018 These lessons are conduits of power, facilitating ways of knowing and doing that preserve and protect a culture of hyper-masculinity, elitism, and entitlement. Adam Howard, Vox, "I’ve spent decades studying elite schools. Here’s how their culture enables toxic masculinity.," 27 Sep. 2018 The process, including building permits and entitlements, is taking longer than expected, Govan says. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts & Culture: L.A.'s Barak Ballet goes on tour, LACMA's grand plan and a 97-year-old art star," 7 July 2018 But while preparing to bask in the glow of a season the NCAA has expressly tried to erase, the Louisville players on Friday expressed a precarious mixture of pride and entitlement. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "2013 U of L players are proud of championship even if banner is gone," 30 June 2018

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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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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)
US : 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 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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