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.
allowance, allocation, allotment, quota, ration, grant, limit
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.
1.3 [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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  • 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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