a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted group of people beyond the advantages of most: Few people have access to the privileges of the very rich.
the unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that a restricted group of people has over another group: white privilege based on skin color;male privilege;children of privilege.
a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities: It's a privilege of a senator to speak in Congress without danger of a libel suit.
a grant to an individual, corporation, etc., of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.
the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.
any of the rights common to all citizens under a modern constitutional government: We enjoy the privileges of a free people.
an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person: It's my privilege to be here.
Stock Exchange. an option to buy or sell stock at a stipulated price for a limited period of time, including puts, calls, spreads, and straddles.
to grant a privilege to.
to exempt (usually followed by from).
to authorize or license (something otherwise forbidden).
- priv·i·leg·er, noun
- pro·priv·i·lege, adjective
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How to use privilege in a sentence
At the time, she was booted from the team and lost her Associated Student Body position and school sports privileges for six weeks.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In return for offering these privileges, society can reasonably expect to benefit, not suffer, from what corporations do.50 years later, Milton Friedman’s shareholder doctrine is dead | jakemeth | September 13, 2020 | Fortune
At the same time, we pledged to use our privilege as a convener to advocate for change and to set an example by using our platform to highlight the important contributions of BIPOC professionals to this community.Nominations now open: Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing | Henry Powderly | September 11, 2020 | Search Engine Land
For me personally, it meant committing to more deeply examining my own privilege and improving diversity throughout our company.Levi Strauss CEO: We can’t solve racial inequality if gun violence and voter disenfranchisement persist | jakemeth | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
The company has paid billions for that privilege over the years.Is Apple getting real about search and about to take on Google? | Greg Sterling | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Land
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.
“We look for the qualities that are evocative of V.S.O.P privilege,” explained Hennessy Senior Vice President Rodney Williams.
Moreover, the exhibition begs the question: how do we come to privilege certain images?
privilege can be a hard concept to get a handle on, especially for those who are immersed in it and reaping the benefits.
Yet, the only “nobodies” that do not have to be are those that have the privilege.
At the end of the first year, however, she resigned this privilege because she did not wish to accept the conditions of the gift.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
He continued its sale, however, as a kingly monopoly, allowing only those to engage in it who paid him for the privilege.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The Ratignolles' soirees musicales were widely known, and it was considered a privilege to be invited to them.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It was a privilege to sit so close to her at the table, to wait on her, and be the recipient of her charming smiles.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
To swear in suitable circumstances is the duty of all; but it is the privilege of those only who are in covenant with God.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for privilege
a benefit, immunity, etc, granted under certain conditions
the advantages and immunities enjoyed by a small usually powerful group or class, esp to the disadvantage of others: one of the obstacles to social harmony is privilege
any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens of a country by its constitution
the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge information obtained in confidence from a client
the right claimed by any of certain other functionaries to refuse to divulge information: executive privilege
the rights and immunities enjoyed by members of most legislative bodies, such as freedom of speech, freedom from arrest in civil cases during a session, etc
to bestow a privilege or privileges upon
(foll by from) to free or exempt
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