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Meaning of PRIVILEGE

Pronunciation:  'privulij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
  2. [n]  a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
  3. [n]  (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
  4. [v]  bestow a privilege upon
  5. [v]  grant a privilege to

PRIVILEGE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: exclusive right, favor, favour, perquisite, prerogative
 See Also: accord, advantage, allot, allow, attorney-client privilege, countenance, easement, grant, husband-wife privilege, informer's privilege, journalist's privilege, let, marital communications privilege, permit, physician-patient privilege, priest-penitent privilege, privilege of the floor, right, vantage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Priv"i*lege\, n. [F. privil[`e]ge, L. privilegium an
    ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus
    private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.]
    1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or
       immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special
       enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden;
       a prerogative; advantage; franchise.
             He pleads the legal privilege of a Roman.
             The privilege birthright was a double portion.
             A people inheriting privileges, franchises, and
             liberties.                            --Burke.
    2. (Stockbroker's Cant) See {Call}, {Put}, {Spread}, etc.
    {Breach of privilege}. See under {Breach}.
    {Question of privilege} (Parliamentary practice), a question
       which concerns the security of a member of a legislative
       body in his special privileges as such.
    {Water privilege}, the advantage of having machinery driven
       by a stream, or a place affording such advantage. [ U. S.]
    {Writ of privilege} (Law), a writ to deliver a privileged
       person from custody when arrested in a civil suit.
    Syn: Prerogative; immunity; franchise; right; claim; liberty.
    Usage: {Privilege}, {Prerogative}. Privilege, among the
           Romans, was something conferred upon an individual by
           a private law; and hence, it denotes some peculiar
           benefit or advantage, some right or immunity, not
           enjoyed by the world at large. Prerogative, among the
           Romans, was the right of voting first; and, hence, it
           denotes a right of precedence, or of doing certain
           acts, or enjoying certain privileges, to the exclusion
           of others. It is the privilege of a member of Congress
           not to be called in question elsewhere for words
           uttered in debate. It is the prerogative of the
           president to nominate judges and executive officers.
           It is the privilege of a Christian child to be
           instructed in the true religion. It is the prerogative
           of a parent to govern and direct his children.
  2. \Priv"i*lege\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Privileged}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Privileging}.] [Cf. F. privil['e]gier.]
    1. To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest
       with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to
       privilege representatives from arrest.
             To privilege dishonor in thy name.    --Shak.
    2. To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption
       from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.
             He took this place for sanctuary, And it shall
             privilege him from your hands.        --Shak.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A benefit or advantage to certain persons beyond the advantages of other persons, i.e., an exemption, immunity, power, etc.