entitlement

entitlement

[en-tahy-tl-muhnt]
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:
1825–35; entitle + -ment

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entitle (ɪnˈtaɪtəl)
 
vb
1.  to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify; allow
2.  to give a name or title to
3.  to confer a title of rank or honour upon
 
[C14: from Old French entituler, from Late Latin intitulāre, from Latin titulustitle]
 
en'titlement
 
n

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entitlement
1823, perhaps in some senses from Fr. entitlement, which long had been used in legal language; in part a native formation from entitle + -ment. Entitlement culture attested by late 1980s.
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