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PRIVILEGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does privilege mean? 

PRIVILEGE (noun)
  The noun PRIVILEGE has 3 senses:

1. a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
2. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
3. (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship

  Familiarity information: PRIVILEGE used as a noun is uncommon.


PRIVILEGE (verb)
  The verb PRIVILEGE has 1 sense:

1. bestow a privilege upon

  Familiarity information: PRIVILEGE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIVILEGE (noun)


Sense 1privilege [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("privilege" is a kind of...):

advantage; vantage (the quality of having a superior or more favorable position)


Sense 2privilege [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

exclusive right; prerogative; perquisite; privilege

Context example:

suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

Hypernyms ("privilege" is a kind of...):

right (an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "privilege"):

easement ((law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land))

privilege of the floor (the right to be admitted onto the floor of a legislative assembly while it is in session)


Sense 3privilege [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("privilege" is a kind of...):

right (an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "privilege"):

attorney-client privilege (the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge confidential information from his client)

informer's privilege (the right of the government to refuse to reveal the identity of an informer)

journalist's privilege (the right of a journalist to refuse to divulge sources of confidential information)

husband-wife privilege; marital communications privilege (neither spouse can divulge confidential communications from the other while they were married)

physician-patient privilege (the right of a physician to refuse to divulge confidential information from a patient without the consent of the patient)

priest-penitent privilege (the right of a clergyman to refuse to divulge confidential information received from a person during confession or similar exchanges)


PRIVILEGE (verb)


Sense 1privilege [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bestow a privilege upon

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

privilege; favour; favor

Hypernyms (to "privilege" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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