privilege


privilege
privilege priv‧i‧lege [ˈprɪvlɪdʒ] noun
1. [countable] a special advantage given to a small group of people, organizations, countries etc:

• The new trade privileges will enhance Vienna's effort to attract US companies.

• The Treasury will allow dealers to bid on government securities, a privilege previously restricted to only 39 firms.

2. [countable, uncountable] LAW a right in law that protects a person, for example by not forcing them to discuss something, or allowing them freedom to say things that would not normally be acceptable; =immunity:

• Ms. Backiel asserted the attorney-client privilege and refused to discuss the case.

• Committee members expressed concern that the case could threaten Parliament's traditional privileges.

— privileged adjective :

• The information will remain privileged because it is the result of Westinghouse's relationship with its lawyers.

* * *

privilege UK US /ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ/ noun [C or U]
a right or advantage that only a small number of people have: »

At the moment, it tends to be managers or technology-related workers who work from home - it's seen as something of a privilege for trusted employees.

»

With power and privilege comes responsibility.

be a privilege doing/to do sth »

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you all.

have the privilege of doing sth »

I had the privilege of studying at one of the country's leading business schools.

for the privilege of doing sth »

Advertisers often subsidize entire TV productions or movie marketing campaigns for the privilege of featuring their brands.

enjoy/earn a privilege »

It is possible that the company will one day command a premium rating, but the market clearly believes it has to earn that privilege.

LAW legal protection that a person or a group has because of their position within a society, for example the right to keep particular discussions, etc. private: »

the attorney-client privilege

»

Executive privilege means that certain documents will not have to be disclosed.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

Synonyms:
, , , , , , / , , / (some particular exemption), (with some peculiar right)


Look at other dictionaries:

  • privilège — [ privilɛʒ ] n. m. • 1190; var. privilegie, priviliège; lat. jurid. privilegium « loi concernant un particulier » 1 ♦ Droit, avantage particulier accordé à un seul individu ou à une catégorie, en dehors de la loi commune. ⇒ apanage. Concéder,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • privilege — priv·i·lege n [Latin privilegium law affecting a specific person, special right, from privus private + leg lex law] 1: a right, license, or exemption from duty or liability granted as a special benefit, advantage, or favor: as a: an exemption… …   Law dictionary

  • privilege — Privilege. s. m. Faculté accordée à un particulier, ou à une Communauté de faire quelque chose à l exclusion de tous autres. Un beau privilege. privilege exclusif. un privilege fort estendu. un privilege nouveau. un privilege d imprimer. un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Privilege — • A permanent concession made by a legislator outside of the common law Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Privilege     Privilege      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Privilege — Privilège Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Privilege — Priv i*lege, n. [F. privil[ e]ge, L. privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privilege — Privilege, C est à dire, une loy particuliere, pour ou contre aucun, Priuilegium, Vacatio. Toute ville qui jouissoit de mesmes privileges que la ville de Rome, Municipium. Le privilege aux bourgeois, Ius municipum, et ciuile. B. Crier par vertu… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Privilege — Priv i*lege, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Privileged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Privileging}.] [Cf. F. privil[ e]gier.] [1913 Webster] 1. To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privilege — (n.) mid 12c. (recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from O.Fr. privilege (12c.), from L. privilegium law applying to one person, later privilege, from privus individual (see PRIVATE (Cf. private)) + lex (gen. legis) law (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • privilege — ► NOUN 1) a special right, advantage, or immunity for a particular person or group. 2) an opportunity to do something regarded as a special honour: she had the privilege of giving the opening lecture. 3) the right to say or write something… …   English terms dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.