- belonging to a class that enjoys special privileges; favored: the privileged few.
- entitled to or exercising a privilege.
- restricted to a select group or individual: privileged information; a privileged position.
- Law. (of utterances or communications)
- not rendering the person making them liable to prosecution for libel or slander, in view of the attendant circumstances.
- not requiring any testimony concerning them to be presented in court.
- Navigation. (of a vessel) having the right of way.
Origin of privileged
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Examples from the Web for unprivileged
So we really tried to show people and give them an unprivileged, unseeable view of the natural world.Extreme Nature Closeups
March 18, 2010
The privileged theatres had no other course than to emulate the unprivileged ones.The English Stage
Henceforth we shall have to compete with other nations on unprivileged conditions.The Victorian Age
William Ralph Inge
Young men and unprivileged persons are forbidden to touch it, on pain of severe penalties, which are strictly enforced.Australia, its history and present condition
There I, an unprivileged and unsuspected hanger-on, lost their trail, returning to my own affairs.Plum Pudding
By degrees also in this twelfth century forms of literature which busy themselves with the unprivileged classes begin to be born.A Short History of French Literature
- enjoying or granted as a privilege or privileges
- not actionable as a libel or slander
- (of a communication, document, etc) that a witness cannot be compelled to divulge
- nautical (of a vessel) having the right of way
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Word Origin and History for unprivileged
late 14c. of things; mid-15c. of persons, past participle adjective from privilege (v.).
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