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privileged

[ priv-uh-lijd, priv-lijd ]
/ ˈprɪv ə lɪdʒd, ˈprɪv lɪdʒd /
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adjective

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)
  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.
Navigation. (of a vessel) having the right of way.

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Origin of privileged

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at privilege, -ed2, -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM privileged

non·priv·i·leged, adjectivequa·si-priv·i·leged, adjectiveun·priv·i·leged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for privileged

privileged
/ (ˈprɪvɪlɪdʒd) /

adjective

enjoying or granted as a privilege or privileges
law
  1. not actionable as a libel or slander
  2. (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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