Definition of entitlement in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈtīdlmənt/
Pronunciation: /enˈtīdlmənt/


1The fact of having a right to something: full entitlement to fees and maintenance should be offered you should be fully aware of your legal entitlements
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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.
1.1The amount to which a person has a right: 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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  • His anger might also have betrayed his sense of entitlement.
  • Her insufferable sense of entitlement has turned her into a laughing stock.
  • She has even passed on the entitlement mentality to her son.
1.3US A government program that provides benefits to any individual meeting certain eligibility requirements: Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements are going broke [as modifier]: entitlement programs
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  • Total cuts to entitlements would top $265 billion.
  • They perceive Medicare as the most vulnerable government entitlement.
  • Spending on federal programs—excluding the Pentagon and entitlements—grew by 34%.

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Syllabification: en·ti·tle·ment

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