- 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.
Origin of privileged
verb (used with object), priv·i·leged, priv·i·leg·ing.
Origin of privilege
Synonyms for privilege
Related Words for privilegedhonored, powerful, empowered, ruling, advantaged, indulged, entitled, okay, sanctioned, granted, furnished, free, licensed, qualified, authorized, vested, okayed, chartered, special, eligible
Examples from the Web for privileged
Contemporary Examples of privileged
These posts are still available in archives that are only viewable to privileged members of the forum.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Privileged children tend to live in higher-performing school districts.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
I still miss my friend, a girl from a privileged white family that had a multi-generation history in a sorority at USC.
Maybe at one point I would have envied these students who grew up in privileged families so often laden with trust funds.
I am one who will march for life and will continue to stand up in defense of life as long as I am privileged to be in office.Rand Paul Attacked by Social Conservatives Over Plan B
October 3, 2014
Historical Examples of privileged
I have been privileged to take them home and arrange them in my room and Dana's.Her Father's Daughter
The mountain tops are only noble because from them we are privileged to behold the plains.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
But what the privileged orders can no longer prevent, they are determined to stultify.
A million of its inhabitants are members of the privileged classes.
My sex, you may have heard, is privileged to change of mind.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
- not actionable as a libel or slander
- (of a communication, document, etc) that a witness cannot be compelled to divulge
- 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 informationexecutive privilege
Word Origin for privilege
late 14c. of things; mid-15c. of persons, past participle adjective from privilege (v.).
mid-12c. "grant, commission" (recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from Old French privilege "right, priority, privilege" (12c.) and directly from Latin privilegium "law applying to one person, bill of law in favor of or against an individual," later "privilege," from privus "individual" (see private (adj.)) + lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal (adj.)). Meaning "advantage granted" is from mid-14c. in English.