What does entitlement mean?

Definitions for entitlement
ɛnˈtaɪ tl mənten·ti·tle·ment

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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

    Etymology: entitle + -ment

  2. entitlement(Noun)

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

    Etymology: entitle + -ment

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. entitlement

    An official right given by contract or legislation.

    The entitlement to travel is guaranteed by the ticket.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

How to pronounce entitlement?

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  1. entitlement


  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

Examples of entitlement in a Sentence

  1. Chris Christie:

    I heard a candidate complain the other day that, you know, 'my positions' -- meaning that candidate's positions -- 'on comments I made about entitlement reform are being misconstrued by the press.' Well, it's much harder to be misconstrued by the press if you're specific, if you continue to speak in generalities, then you're going to have other people interpret what you mean.

  2. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    Entrepreneurs give up sense of entitlement for school/university or how much money you were able to raise so far. Nothing succeeds like success.

  3. Harris Stratyner:

    You are literally displaying a behavior and then younger people who are more prone to being influenced by things see it and there's a sense of entitlement by some people with money, not all people, and there's also a sense that you're not being corrected if you're getting away with things, it's what we call acquired narcissism. Some people, young kids, learn to be narcissistic.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The power of "Now" needs to be recognized, rather than dwelling in the glory of the past. In the eyes of real world, everyone is as good as the news she/he brings today. Still, recognizing the power of "Now" mustn't get confused with the question "What have you done for me lately?" that usually comes from narcissistics and machiavellian leaders who are too self-centered and invariably obsessed with the feelings of entitlement. When you'll recognize the power of "Now", you'll internalize and automatically reorganize your thoughts and actions with positivity....and that's what will give you the tremendous strength, in my view, to deal those narcissistics and machiavellians. So, you must go ahead, and tap the latent power of "Now", right now.

  5. John McCain:

    I don’t begin this mission with any sense of entitlement. America doesn’t owe me anything, i am the son and grandson of Navy admirals, and I was born into America’s service. It wasn’t until I was deprived of her company that I fell in love with America, and it has been my honor to serve her and her great cause of freedom.

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