But still it confers some advantages over the newer, flashier techniques that have come to dominate over the last two decades.
It confers protection under the law to those who have lacked it.
But it is an unusual right: one which confers not entitlement benefits or other government-granted goodies, but responsibilities.
1530s, from Middle French conférer (14c.) "to give, converse, compare," from Latin conferre "to bring together," figuratively "to compare; consult, deliberate, talk over," from com- "together" (see com-) + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Sense of "taking counsel" led to conference. The meaning "compare" (common 1530-1650) is largely obsolete, but the abbreviation cf. still is used in this sense. Related: Conferred; conferring.