privilege


privilege
/ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ / (say 'privuhlij)

noun
1. a right or immunity enjoyed by a person or persons beyond the common advantages of others.
2. a special right or immunity granted to persons in authority or office; a prerogative.
3. a prerogative, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by anyone in a favoured position (as distinct from a right).
4. a grant to an individual, a company, etc., of a special right or immunity, sometimes in derogation of the common right.
5. the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.
6. any of the more sacred and vital rights common to all citizens under a modern constitution.
7. Law immunity from prosecution for defamation, either through being entitled to make a statement in parliament or in judicial proceedings (absolute privilege), or through being free from liability because of the need to make such a statement in the course of duty, provided that it was not made with malice (qualified privilege).
8. Computers access to certain functions: administrative privilege.
verb (t) (privileged, privileging)
9. to grant a privilege to: *a suspicion has been lurking that this point of view is elitist, privileging those with access to resources or an expensive education. –robert dessaix, 1998.
10. to authorise or to license (something otherwise forbidden).
phrase
11. privilege from, to free or exempt from.
{Middle English privileg(i)e, from Latin prīvilēgium, originally, a law in favour of or against an individual}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
, , , , , , / , , / (some particular exemption), (with some peculiar right)