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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of entitling.
  • n. The state of being entitled.
  • n. A government program that guarantees and provides benefits to a particular group: "fights . . . to preserve victories won a generation ago, like the Medicaid entitlement for the poor” ( Jason DeParle).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the right to have something
  • n. something that one is entitled to
  • n. a legal obligation on a government to make payments to a person, business, or unit of government that meets the criteria set in law, such as social security in the US.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a right granted by law or contract, especially to financial benefits from the government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)

Etymologies

entitle + -ment (Wiktionary)

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