AskDefine | Define entitlement

Dictionary Definition

entitlement n : right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits); "entitlements make up the major part of the federal budget"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

entitle + -ment

Pronunciation

(US) IPA: /ənˈtaɪtəlmənt/

Noun

  1. the right to have something
  2. something that one is entitled to (or believes that one is entitled to)
  3. government payments that are guaranteed to a segment of the population, such as the Pell Grant and social security in the US.
  4. As good as a process can get without capital investment. Alt. A perceived "right to demand." Opposite of a gift, in that it is without appreciation. A "you owe me" obligation for which, I owe nothing in return.

Translations

the right to have something
something that one is entitled to
government payments that are guaranteed to a segment of the population
As good as a process can get without capital investment

Extensive Definition

Entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits because of rights, or by agreement through law. It can also refer, in a more casual sense to someone's belief that he/she is deserving of some particular reward or benefit.http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20030828.html It is often used as a negative term in popular parlance (i.e. a 'sense of entitlement'). The legal term, however, carries no value judgment: it simply denotes a right granted. In clinical psychology and psychiatry, an unrealistic, exaggerated, or rigidly held sense of entitlement may be considered a symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
In Land Development, the Entitlement Process is the legal method of obtaining approvals for the right to develop property for a desired use. (example: Re-zone)
In computer security, it can also refer to access control.

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