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privilege

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See also privilège

English

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpɹɪvəlɛdʒ/ (Canadian) or /ˈpɹɪv(ə)lɪdʒ/ (RP) or /ˈpɹɪv(ə)lədʒ/
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Etymology

From Old French privilège, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law.

Noun

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Singular
privilege

Plural
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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.
  2. (law) a common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.

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Verb

Infinitive
to privilege

Third person singular
privileg

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to privilege (third-person singular simple present privileg, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (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.
  2. (archaic) To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.

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