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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But neon clothes aren’t just for the runway, the privileged, or the famous. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "How to Effectively Master Fall's Neon Fashion Trend," 27 Sep. 2018 Laura Marano as Celia Lieberman - A wealthy and privileged girl who just wants to be herself, despite her parents' wishes. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "The Stand-In" Starring Noah Centineo and Camila Mendes," 24 Aug. 2018 Celebrities, the very wealthy, and the very privileged are used to being pampered and handled with care. Doree Shafrir, Town & Country, "Catherine Oxenberg on Her Fight to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult," 9 Aug. 2018 The odds of the Census Bureau knuckling under and giving privileged citizenship data to law enforcement seem, realistically, slim to none. Lyman Stone, Vox, "Why it’s perfectly fine to ask about citizenship status on the census," 5 Apr. 2018 Even with tweaks, the company has consistently privileged data collection and monetization over user privacy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Cambridge Analytica Is Shady. But Facebook is Shadier.," 20 Mar. 2018 Based on information gathered in the investigation to date, the USAO-SDNY and FBI have reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications. Martin Finucane,, "Read these key excerpts from prosecutors’ filing in Michael Cohen case," 13 Apr. 2018 Only materials that contain confidential communications between a lawyer and a client, or lawyer-client work product undertaken in anticipation of litigation, are potentially privileged. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Warrants and Privilege: Legal Questions About the Raids on Trump’s Lawyer," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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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