What does entitlement mean?

Definitions for entitlementɛnˈtaɪ tl mənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word entitlement.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entitlement(noun)

    right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)

    "entitlements make up the major part of the federal budget"


  1. entitlement(n.)

    a right granted by law or contract, especially to financial benefits from the government.


  1. entitlement(Noun)

    the right to have something

  2. entitlement(Noun)

    something that one is entitled to (or believes that one is entitled to)

  3. entitlement(Noun)

    a legal obligation on a government to make payments to a person, business, or unit of government that meets the criteria set in law, such as the Pell Grant and social security in the US.

  4. Origin: entitle + -ment


  1. Entitlement

    An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. A "right" is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an "entitlement" is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement. In a casual sense, the term "entitlement" refers to a notion or belief that one is deserving of some particular reward or benefit—if given without deeper legal or principled cause, the term is often given with pejorative connotation.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entitlement in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entitlement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    No, no... I didn't say that, i said we're going to have to reform our entitlement system.

  2. John Boehner:

    We know we've got more serious entitlement reform that's needed. It shouldn't take another two decades to do it.

  3. Mike Steel:

    Such an agreement is basically impossible unless the White House is willing to support additional entitlement reform without tax hikes.

  4. Marco Rubio by 1 point:

    John Kasich will unveil an entitlement reform package on Thursday in Nashua, setting the tone for tricky conversation about entitlement reform in the GOP presidential primary.

  5. John Boehner:

    In order to garner Republican support for new revenues, the president must be willing to reduce spending and shore up the entitlement programs that are the primary drivers of our debt.

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