from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Enjoying a privilege or having privileges.
  • adjective Entailing or carrying certain privileges.
  • adjective Protected by a legally recognized right against disclosure.
  • adjective Protected by a legally recognized right against a lawsuit for libel or slander.
  • noun Privileged people considered as a group. Often used with the.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Invested with a privilege; enjoying a peculiar right, advantage, or immunity.
  • adjective (Law) A communication which does not expose the party making it to indictment for libel, -- such as those made by persons communicating confidentially with a government, persons consulted confidentially as to the character of servants, etc.
  • adjective (Law) those to which a preference in payment is given out of the estate of a deceased person, or out of the estate of an insolvent.
  • adjective (Law) witnesses who are not obliged to testify as to certain things, as lawyers in relation to their dealings with their clients, and officers of state as to state secrets; also, by statute, clergymen and physicans are placed in the same category, so far as concerns information received by them professionally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of privilege.
  • adjective having special priveleges

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

  • adjective blessed with privileges
  • adjective not subject to usual rules or penalties
  • adjective confined to an exclusive group


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