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entitlement

[ en-tahy-tl-muhnt ]
/ ɛnˈtaɪ tl mənt /
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noun
the act of giving, or the state of having, a title, right, or claim to something: She supported legislation to improve the lot of the elderly, including the entitlement of senior citizens to vote by absentee ballot.
a provision, amount, etc., to which one is entitled; a right:I explained to my daughter that the entitlements of an American child are not the entitlements of children everywhere.Temporary teachers receive most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a prorated basis.
the right to guaranteed benefits under a government program, as Social Security or unemployment compensation: Eligibility for this benefit program will be affected if there is also a Medicare entitlement.
the unjustified assumption that one has a right to certain advantages, preferential treatment, etc.: "Their sense of entitlement—I hate to use the word ‘arrogance’—makes dealing with these people difficult,'' said the senator.
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Origin of entitlement

First recorded in 1825–35; entitle + -ment

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