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[priv-uh-lijd, priv-lijd]
  1. belonging to a class that enjoys special privileges; favored: the privileged few.
  2. entitled to or exercising a privilege.
  3. restricted to a select group or individual: privileged information; a privileged position.
  4. Law. (of utterances or communications)
    1. not rendering the person making them liable to prosecution for libel or slander, in view of the attendant circumstances.
    2. not requiring any testimony concerning them to be presented in court.
  5. Navigation. (of a vessel) having the right of way.
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Compare burdened.

Origin of privileged

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at privilege, -ed2, -ed3
Related formsnon·priv·i·leged, adjectivequa·si-priv·i·leged, adjectiveun·priv·i·leged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for non-privileged

Historical Examples

  • The privileged classes must be ordained by Nature to rule over the non-privileged.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)

    John Morley

  • For the non-privileged classes the knout or the lash supplemented nearly all punishments of a criminal kind.


    Donald Mackenzie Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for non-privileged


  1. enjoying or granted as a privilege or privileges
  2. law
    1. not actionable as a libel or slander
    2. (of a communication, document, etc) that a witness cannot be compelled to divulge
  3. nautical (of a vessel) having the right of way
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Word Origin and History for non-privileged



late 14c. of things; mid-15c. of persons, past participle adjective from privilege (v.).

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