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)
David Axelrod, a strategist for the president, called Mr. Romney's use of the term "entitlement nation" deeply offensive while speaking with reporters in Manhattan.
We've already analyzed the Orwellian strategy behind the phrase "entitlement reform," which is a well-crafted euphemism for "cutting services for the elderly."
And the term "entitlement" resonates with that word's other meaning - selfishness and the greedy assumption that one deserves to be served by others as in "he acts so entitled."
Because the WebLogic documentation refers more frequently to entitlement than authorization, you will use the term entitlement to describe what a user can and cannot do or access once they have been authenticated.
But first, the word 'entitlement' must be stricken from the Social Security debate and replaced with 'Government Secured Retirement Savings' or something similar.
I did a poor job explaining this - the entitlement is the scientific knowledge - the average person believes that we, as as a society, are entitled to the scientific knowledge provided by robotic probes.
The rightwing critics of Speaker Pelosi also have in mind a form of tax increase – that being a backdoor employment tax increase that they label entitlement reform.
A bunch of disgruntled feminists whining about not being given their "entitlement" is doing the country little good.
As a former Hillary supporter, a sense of Clinton "entitlement" is the only rationale that appears to explain her behavior.
Someday maybe the powers that be will realize that their greed and sense of entitlement is what is killing this country.