priv·​i·​leged | \ ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce privileged (audio) , ˈpri-və-\

Definition of privileged

1 : having or enjoying one or more privileges privileged classes
2 : not subject to the usual rules or penalties because of some special circumstance especially : not subject to disclosure in a court of law a privileged communication

Examples of privileged in a Sentence

He comes from a very privileged background. The town attracts people who are wealthy and privileged. The President's adviser has a privileged position of trust. She had privileged access to the files. Only the privileged few can become members of the club.
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Wait for change until the privileged and powerful are comfortable with those changes. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Two speeches, two halves of the Democratic campaign," 3 June 2019 If the ruling stands, the city and all of its employees will be barred from sharing or using privileged information Hoover divulged in the internal affairs interviews. Morgan Cook,, "Judge pulls San Diego City Attorney's Office from lawsuit over invasion of attorney-client privilege," 27 Apr. 2018 Being beautiful, privileged or famous can afford a level of support and acknowledgement that the rest of the transgender community just doesn’t have. Dia Dipasupil, Teen Vogue, "It's Not Enough to Cast Transgender Models if You Won't Fight for Transgender People," 22 Oct. 2018 The sides are currently warring over whether two top law firms -- Gibson Dunn and David Wright Tremaine -- have to hand over documents being claimed as privileged. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Al Jazeera Says Peyton Manning Was "Source" Confirming Doping Claims in Film," 1 June 2018 Whether the emails contained privileged information, Van Bokkelen would need to rule on a request to either dismiss the corruption charges against the mayor or disqualify the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s trial team. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Judge hears arguments on dismissing corruption case against Portage mayor," 10 May 2018 In seeking to intervene, Mr. Avenatti alleged Ms. Clifford’s former lawyer Keith Davidson, who represented her when the payment was brokered, shared privileged information with Mr. Cohen. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Retired Judge Named to Examine Seized Documents in Michael Cohen Case," 26 Apr. 2018 At the same November meeting, the board discussed a security strategy for preventing fraud, as well as attorney-client privileged information regarding a contractual matter. Neil Vigdor,, "Lottery Corp. Let Board Member And Ex-UConn Player Culmo Vote After Resignation," 21 Mar. 2018 Andre would not be considered a privileged person in another context. Nina Revoyr,, "Talking to Tayari Jones about 'An American Marriage' and Oprah," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of privileged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of privileged

sometimes disapproving : having special rights or advantages that most people do not have
law : known only by the people who need to know


priv·​i·​leged | \ ˈpri-və-lijd\

Kids Definition of privileged

: having more things and a better chance in life than most people He comes from a privileged family.



Legal Definition of privileged

: not subject to the usual rules or penalties because of some special circumstance especially : not subject to disclosure especially in an adjudicative proceeding

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