Definition of entitlement in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtʌɪt(ə)lmənt


[mass noun]
1The fact of having a right to something: full entitlement to fees and maintenance should be offered
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  • The unit will provide information and advice to members of the public on their rights and entitlements.
  • He was concerned that people were being turfed out without their legal entitlements.
  • Staff will provide free, confidential advice on your rights and entitlements.
right, prerogative, claim, title, licence;
permission, dispensation, privilege, liberty
1.1The amount to which a person has a right: her annual leave entitlement
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  • The letter informed her that her entitlement amounted to just £0.35 pence per fortnight.
  • That long weekend can feel like a week in the sun, at a cost of two days out of an allotted annual holiday entitlement.
  • It has been 30 years since the last increase in the minimum annual holiday entitlement.
1.2The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment: no wonder your kids have a sense of entitlement [as modifier]: this entitlement mentality is completely out of control
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  • He is really tired of her entitlement and you can tell he's regretting what he's gotten himself into.
  • His entitlement attitude should be enough to add another decade to his sentence alone.
  • It was the arrogance he emitted when running the team, his hard dealing with local businesses, and his entitlement attitude.
1.3 [count noun] US A government scheme that provides benefits to any individual meeting certain eligibility requirements: Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements are going broke
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  • They perceive Medicare as the most vulnerable government entitlement.
  • The CBO estimates do not include $460 billion in possible entitlement spending, including a Medicare prescription drug benefit.
  • Steady growth in entitlement programs has crowded out other government expenditure.

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