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1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise; preferential treatment.

2. law A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.

3. The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.

4. Protection from being sued for libel or slander for making otherwise actionable statements in a context or forum where open and candid expression is deemed desirable for reasons of public policy.

5. Such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others.

6. An option to buy or sell a stock, including put, call, spread, and straddle.

7. A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste. synonym: right.

8. Protection from being forced to disclose confidential communications in certain relationships, as between attorney and client, physician and patient, or priest and confessor.

9. The principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity.

10. [ U. S.] the advantage of having machinery driven by a stream, or a place affording such advantage.

11. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise.

12. (Stockbroker's Cant) See Call, Put, Spread, etc.

13. (Parliamentary practice) a question which concerns the security of a member of a legislative body in his special privileges as such.

14. (Law) a writ to deliver a privileged person from custody when arrested in a civil suit.

15. See under Breach.

16. a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all

17. (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship

18. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

19. An advantage yielded; superiority.

20. The law, rule, or grant conferring such a right.

21. In the High Peak, Derbyshire, the land on which a house stands, including the garden, even if the garden is on the other side of the road.

22. In the civil law, a lien or priority of right of payment, such as the artisans' privilege, corresponding to the common-law lien of a bailee or the lien under mechanics' lien-laws, carriers' privilege, inn-keepers' privilege, etc.

23. In some of the United States, the right of a licensee in a vocation which is forbidden except to licensees.

24. A writ issued to apprehend a person in a privileged place.

25. An ordinance in favor of an individual.

26. A speculative contract covering a “put” or a “call,” or both a put and a call (that is, a “straddle”). See call, n., 15, put, n., 6, and straddle, n.

27. In law: A special and exclusive right conferred by law on particular persons or classes of persons, and ordinarily in derogation of the common right.

28. A right, immunity, benefit, or advantage enjoyed by a person or body of persons beyond the common advantages of other individuals; the enjoyment of some desirable right, or an exemption from some evil or burden; a private or personal favor enjoyed; a peculiar advantage.

29. Specifically — In the Roman Catholic Church, an exemption or license granted by the Pope. It differs from a dispensation and from a grace in that it never refers to a single act, but presupposes and legalizes many acts done in pursuance of it, and confers on its possessor immunity in regard to every act so privileged.

30. Special immunity or advantage granted to persons in authority or in office, as the freedom of speech, freedom from arrest, etc., enjoyed by members of Parliament or of Congress. Compare breach of privilege, below.

31. In modern times (since all have become generally equal before the law), one of the more sacred and vital rights common to all citizens: as, the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus; the privileges of a citizen of the United States.

32. archaic To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.

33. archaic To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.

34. bestow a privilege upon

35. Toauthorize;license.

36. To free or exempt.

37. To grant a privilege to.

38. To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize.

39. To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.


1. She teases apart privilege from power more finely than a philosophy textbook.

2. It is a great privilege to look after people's money.

3. It's a great privilege to be involved.

4. What you can do is decide how you're going to use that privilege for good.

5. This is baseless privilege recast into social shame.

6. You enjoy the privileges of a club in which you and your spouse are the only members.

7. He has cited executive privilege and refuses to testify.

8. What this meant in practice was that no one could expect special privileges because of family connections.

9. What about those who are born into money and privilege rather than acquiring it?

10. Both are also footballers who have a certain privilege of hierarchy.

11. The key to such freedoms and privileges is money.

12. Meanwhile local people are bestowed the privilege of renting.

13. Yet none of them exudes a sense of power or particular privilege.

14. What limitations should be placed on these rights and privileges?

15. To be involved with people at that time is a privilege.

16. This degree of class privilege is neither fair nor efficient.

17. Why give this special privilege to the king?

18. When you are born into the royal family you have incredible privilege and wealth.

19. The actual privilege and social status of members of the retainer class varied considerably.

20. Very few sportsmen have enjoyed the privilege of such total mastery.

21. Yet if membership of his family brought privilege, it also came at potentially fatal cost.

22. Since then the pressure for reform has died down and the industry's tax privileges have remained intact.

23. The song is a savage indictment of the advantages that educational privilege brings, and its selection provoked mockery.

24. If the accused MPs persist with the ancient defence of privilege then use an equally ancient law against them.

25. As well as visiting villages I had the privilege of meeting politicians and businessmen across the continent.

26. What a refreshing change to the pomp and privilege that usually surrounds the Royal Family.

27. V. iii.129 (478,1) Behold, it is the privilege of mine honours,/My oath, and my profession] The _privilege_ of this _oath_ means the privilege gained by taking the oath administered in the regular initiation of a knight professed.

28. Nevertheless, as this subject matter of a concordat is not necessarily homogeneous (the unity of a concordat being merely extrinsic and accidental) it follows that although the term privilege may be applied to a concordat taken as a whole, it cannot necessarily be used of every clause in the same.

29. We appreciate that this privilege has been afforded Nurse Chaplin for most of her career, through her years of invaluable service, and that the loss of privilege is often perceived as an infringement of rights, but her reaction (and yours) is actually quite revealing as to why this is a privilege rather than a right, why her demand for exemption is of dubious merit.

30. Anything beyond that is what we refer to as a privilege, and one that can be taken away by the men who pay the bills any time.

31. The Bush administration's arguably problematic and broad use of the privilege is adeptly summed up by Mr. Lanman as follows:

32. Another privilege is the use of the Library of Congress.

33. Congress, however, has never passed a federal shield law, and the privilege is at its weakest in a grand-jury setting — because that is precisely the setting in which the Court rejected it in Branzburg.

34. ‘The bill, piloted by acting Foreign Affairs Minister Danny Montano, is meant to grant certain privileges and immunities to the ACS.’

35. ‘A citizen or class of citizens may not be granted privileges or immunities not granted on the same terms to all citizens.’

36. ‘In earlier times, people from wealthy families enjoyed great privileges not available to working-class and poor people.’

37. ‘Why are they kawawa when the military, when the soldiers are given so many privileges not available to other sectors of the government?’

38. ‘But claims that Maori are in some way advantaged or enjoy special privileges over other New Zealanders are simply false.’

39. ‘After all who among us has never taken advantage of any privileges in our workplace?’

40. ‘In Evans we have a woman who used her wealth and class privilege to great advantage in achieving her reform goals.’

41. ‘Lady Boothroyd stood by her refusal to grant the privileges when she was Speaker, saying she had been determined to ‘protect the rules of the House of Commons’.’

42. ‘The first premise is of course correct, that among the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States is certainly the right to marry.’

43. ‘Isn't that what equality is supposed to be all about, where no class of citizen enjoys privileges and immunities not extended to all?’

44. ‘The privileges and immunities that proclaim their superior status have grown, not lessened, in democratic India.’

45. ‘It was not enough that each of the 18 provinces retained certain privileges not granted to Baghdad.’

46. ‘Merely a matter of months into the 21st century, the Government feels we are old and mature enough to be granted special privileges.’

47. ‘On our shores, those in the stands are fans, whose blind devotion grants them the privilege of being entertained - if they are that lucky - for two hours on Saturday afternoons.’

48. ‘Anonymity is a privilege seldom granted to sources by the respectable press, but ‘spokespeople’ get anonymity all the time.’

49. ‘Why, then, should anyone grant them such a privilege?’

50. ‘Nonetheless, he explained he thought it was a benefit the country's Premier should be entitled to, and so had asked the Governor for the privilege and duly been granted it.’

51. ‘But, the privilege granted to us must not be used as a cover for unethical practices, aimed at violating the spirit of democracy.’

52. ‘For the donor I felt respect and gratitude, that she had granted us the privilege of viewing this most intimate of relationships in a way that I hope never to see again.’

53. ‘What we all can do, however, is think for ourselves and grant others the privilege of doing so too.’

54. ‘‘It is a great honour and privilege to receive this award, especially in such a forum,’ he commented.’

55. ‘He did, however, describe the awards haul as ‘a real privilege, a tremendous honour and a real achievement’.’

56. ‘It's an immense privilege and honour to lead the council and I'm very proud of what has been achieved in the last three years.’

57. ‘She said it was an honour and a privilege to serve as president of the second oldest guild in Ireland and to be in office during the year when the guild celebrated its 90th anniversary.’

58. ‘He said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading health reform, and that it was ‘a great honour and a privilege to be entrusted with this role’.’

59. ‘Even though Ruth is in the infancy of her captaincy, she already realises that it is both a privilege and an honour to be Captain to such a dedicated and forward thinking group of members.’

60. ‘To play hurling was a real privilege and an honour, and to put on a club jersey, whether it be Ireland or London or to wear the colours of Kilkenny C.B.S. gave me a great feeling of pride.’

61. ‘He added: ‘It's been a great privilege and honour to represent this particular branch of the armed forces.’’

62. ‘It is a privilege and honour for me to lead such a flypast to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee.’

63. ‘It was a privilege to have that honour on a number of occasions down through the years since I first got to know him in the mid-1980s.’

64. ‘It may be a rare privilege to do the honours in a marriage ceremony, but invitations to the USPGA aren't exactly distributed like confetti.’

65. ‘It would be an honour and a privilege to meet him.’

66. ‘Still, Kochiites enjoyed the rare privilege of honouring the music maestro.’

67. ‘It used to be a privilege and an honour to be selected to play for your country, but top stars these days are far too full of self-importance.’

68. ‘It would be a wonderful honour and a great privilege to manage Glasgow Rangers one day, but I don't look at it as being the be all and end all.’

69. ‘Replying to the good wishes, Mr. Breen told how it had been a privilege and honour to live in Waterford.’

70. ‘She wouldn't regularly have this job, for it was a privilege and honour, but Zarana had a friend who was government and rebelled against her father's wishes.’

71. ‘It has been an honour and a privilege to work for this great club and to have enjoyed a memorable relationship with such special fans.’

72. ‘To command a new ship, and especially the first of class, I consider an immense privilege and honour.’

73. ‘To be a leader in that force is an honour and a privilege.’

74. ‘The committee, in its report, found the letter to be insulting but it did not constitute a breach of parliamentary privilege or contempt of Parliament.’

75. ‘They want to go into greater detail about how they can extend that right of parliamentary privilege to outside Parliament.’

76. ‘Parliamentary privilege is an ancient, much misunderstood concept, which I won't go into here.’

77. ‘MPs should not abuse Parliamentary privilege by lying to the public.’

78. ‘Although he withdrew his statement and apologised twice, the opposition want action to be taken against him for abuse of parliamentary privilege.’

79. ‘When it comes to parliamentary privilege, are we striking the appropriate balance between freedom of speech and the right to protect your reputation?’

80. ‘MPs should be held to account if they unfairly abuse parliamentary privilege and hurt innocent Kiwi families.’

81. ‘This is not to say that there are not PNM MPs who sometimes abuse parliamentary privilege.’

82. ‘Rather an abuse of parliamentary privilege to achieve a cheap and shoddy pay back for his mates.’

83. ‘After consultations with the Speaker advice was given that blocking email or any other form of communication to MP's was a breach of parliamentary privilege.’

84. ‘Many journalists and organisations view free speech as the opportunity to loosen the shackles of defamation, contempt of court, parliamentary privilege and privacy.’

85. ‘Moeketse reportedly admitted to a Sunday newspaper that he was selling his air tickets, given to him for free as a parliamentary privilege, to friends and their spouses.’

86. ‘Not even the privilege of parliamentary participation is enough to appease those who wanted the presidency at whatever cost.’

87. ‘Flawed evidence and the controversial use parliamentary privilege has finally forced the hand of the Prime Minister in demanding the Senator's resignation.’

88. ‘The MPs considered charging Large with breach of parliamentary privilege for his intervention - but ministers liked his tough approach and were keen to keep him.’

89. ‘Yet some courtroom equivalent of parliamentary privilege allows a man who has never met me and who knows nothing of me to make spurious allegations about me.’

90. ‘Wouldn't this represent a breach of parliamentary privilege, compelling MPs to vote certain ways?’

91. ‘Certainly in relation to the parliamentary privilege, I'm not taking that issue on.’

92. ‘I think that if the member wants to name somebody under the parliamentary privilege that he has, he should go ahead.’

93. ‘That's right, vast swabs of the offending speech are reproduced under the cover of the Parliamentary privilege that had been so abused.’

94. ‘This was despite requests from Churchill and the British Royal Family that the king be granted greater diplomatic privileges.’

95. ‘Also on Thursday, three junior diplomats at Iraqi Embassy in Bangkok left Thailand after being told on Tuesday that their diplomatic privileges and immunities were being revoked.’

96. ‘Z refused to provide information to the prosecutors citing a privilege against giving testimony against one's spouse.’

97. ‘And the notion that this is some sort of lawless act on her part, as if no one has ever received what the lawyers call a privilege, a right not to reveal sources, it just isn't so.’

98. ‘The court also said that the reporter had a right to assert the privilege for nonconfidential information.’

99. ‘In 1923, for instance, a member of the Shanghai Bar accused an accountant of usurping the privilege of lawyers by acting as a witness to contracts.’

100. ‘The 1978 law only recognizes the enumerated privileges set forth in the Freedom Of Information Act.’

101. ‘The question before us does not depend on the privileges of a solicitor.’

102. ‘Usually, the attorney-client privilege protects private lawyers from being forced to reveal what their clients told them.’

103. ‘If the lawyer wants to release the material and the client doesn't, the client can then hire another lawyer to assert the privilege.’

104. ‘This notion that it is the lawyer's privilege, Mr Sheahan, is pernicious, wrong.’

105. ‘First, solicitor-client privilege applies only to confidential communications between the client and his solicitor.’

106. ‘The maximization of exports was to be stimulated by subsidies, tax incentives, and monopoly privileges granted by the Crown to export enterprises.’

107. ‘Hummell explains how it is that government gained its monopoly privileges in the first place and how the will to be free is essential in undermining this monopoly.’

108. ‘Like rent, interest is the offspring of state-supported monopoly privilege, not of liberty or community.’

109. ‘The only effective restriction on competition is the legal provision of monopoly privileges that can only be provided by governments.’

110. ‘These dovetailed with the devolution of a familial model based on the territorial prince and a rule of law privileging the eldest son.’

111. ‘Under this law, anyone who protests inside a church can be prosecuted on a charge far more serious than breach of the peace; it is an odd, arcane law, privileging the church, and should no doubt be abolished.’

112. ‘The law does not privilege the interests of men above those of women.’

113. ‘It's the same for all those who, so far, have not been privileged with encounters of my son's kind.’

114. ‘What is required is legislative change to the Family Law Act to require judges to make decisions privileging the child's safety ahead of all other considerations.’

115. ‘Far from merely privileging a phenomenology intent on capturing the object's fleeting and independent existence, these poems conceive the object as the intersection of natural and social relations, which give it its identity.’

116. ‘‘Literature’ and ‘genre’ are not hard categories, or even opposed categories - and as a lover of genre I am not privileging one above the other.’

117. ‘For more extreme factions of unionism and republicanism, conflict over territory constitutes a war of attrition, privileging a winner-takes-all agenda over political dialogue.’

118. ‘It's just that by privileging the near-term practical outcome over the purity of the methodology, they are offering image over substance, much as the 60's themselves did.’

119. ‘Believing as I do, if I supported nationalised health care I would be privileging the needs of those who are undertreated now, over those who have diseases that we could cure in the future.’

120. ‘This amounts to privileging a particular aspect of cultural unity over others, one that gives precedence to the elements of diversity of the same gathering of peoples.’

121. ‘The third is that government may not enact preferences for any one faith, privileging it above the others to, for example, create an official state religion.’

122. ‘This focus seems to contradict the book's goal of including Madagascar's diverse peoples without privileging any single group.’

123. ‘I'd welcome examples to add to my collection of courts privileging language in the Daubert trilogy over the text of new Rule 702.’

124. ‘The two are at one in privileging democratic change over narrow national interest: the idealism of the centre leftist meets that of the right wing liberals.’

125. ‘At the time, we were told that BBC bosses could no longer justify privileging just Asian and African-Caribbean community voices.’

126. ‘So what's at stake in privileging cinema and 1936 as your two origin points in The Language of New Media?’

127. ‘By privileging shiny things over everything else, we obscure the diversity of experience that defines humankind.’

128. ‘He suggests we read an article in which the case is made for privileging human rights over sovereignty.’

129. ‘In some, but not all, forms of legal process, witnesses and parties attending and returning from court are privileged from arrest.’

130. suffrage was the privilege of white adult males

Other users have misspelling privilege as:

1. priviledge 19.9%

2. privledge 6.88%

3. previlage 5.16%

4. priveledge 3.44%

5. previlege 2.95%

6. privlage 2.95%

7. privelage 2.95%

8. privelege 2.7%

9. privilegio 2.7%

10. privilage 1.97%

11. Other 48.4%

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