priv·i·leged | \ˈpriv-lijd, 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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Hawley’s office said those records were closed, citing citing privileged communication. Tessa Weinberg, kansascity, "AG Josh Hawley is investigating Greitens again. Will the outcome be any different? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 And ultimately, the public has a right to know what categories of documents this court determines should remain privileged and why. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "President Trump and His Fixer Seek Secrecy for Documents in Probe," 7 June 2018 Which makes American Animals a story of entitlement—the dominant gene of privileged masculinity. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "True Crime Meets Male Entitlement in the Electrifying American Animals," 31 May 2018 And of course, there’s the fact that the film’s assumed relatability is based on a very narrow and highly privileged interpretation of the teenage experience., "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 If Glossier makeup is for women who don’t need makeup, then scumbro fashion is for men who don’t need logical colorways and tailoring, who are privileged and/or famous enough to dress like a teen slob. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Pete Davidson and the Rise of the Scumbro," 29 June 2018 During that process, attorneys from both sides of the case will be able to object to certain documents being labeled as privileged or not privileged. Kara Scannell, CNN, "Attorney for the media asks judge to keep Michael Cohen filings in the public realm," 7 June 2018 Back in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the Grand Tour was the great rite of passage for a certain set of young and privileged Brits (and eventually Americans and others). Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 Tech titans have used their privileged position to deny exposure to rivals. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Ledger: Facebook's Self-Interested Crypto Reversal," 30 June 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

: 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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