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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Recent Examples on the Web The hearing scheduled for Thursday won't decide whether Sheindlin's communications are privileged, among other things. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CBS Says There Was Never Any 'Judge Judy' Library Sale (Never Mind the Press Release)," 16 Oct. 2019 So far the scandal has led to charges against 51 people in all, including 35 parents, exposing a college admissions system long believed to favor the privileged. Fox News, "Fifth parent receives sentence in college admissions scandal and it's the stiffest one yet," 5 Oct. 2019 This represents that post-war generation of privileged, cosseted children of New York, not of the old-line WASP variety, who were the Masters of the Universe in the mid-20th century. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How New York Society Embraced Roy Cohn," 24 Sep. 2019 Another new feature worth noting is a new Restore option for those privileged with high-speed Internet connections. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Windows 10 build merges tablet, desktop experience," 29 Aug. 2019 Garcia said that Kingsland Baptist Church is privileged to be a partner in the special process of loving and caring for Katy. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Kingsland Baptist Church provides space for nonprofits," 5 July 2019 For long, appropriation of identities and assets by the privileged has been among the key challenges faced by aborigines across the world. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019 In doing so, Koch became perhaps the most prominent and vilified symbol of the billionaires who have turned 21st century politics into a playground of the privileged. Philip Elliott, Time, "David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results," 23 Aug. 2019 Even the most privileged among us face a suicide rate nine times higher than the general population. Sarah Kurchak, Vox, "Fake autism treatments show the lengths parents will go to “cure” their kids," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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