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entitlement

[en-tahy-tl-muh nt] /ɛnˈtaɪ tl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of entitling.
2.
the state of being entitled.
3.
the right to guaranteed benefits under a government program, as Social Security or unemployment compensation.
Origin of entitlement
1825-1835
1825-35; entitle + -ment
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n.

1823, perhaps in some senses from French entitlement, which long had been used in legal language; in part a native formation from entitle + -ment. Entitlement culture attested by 1994 (culture of entitlement is from 1989).

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