Definition of entitlement in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The fact of having a right to something.

    ‘full entitlement to fees and maintenance should be offered’
    • ‘In fact, the nature and extent of these entitlements can vary enormously from one company to another.’
    • ‘Staff will provide free, confidential advice on your rights and entitlements.’
    • ‘There is also a great deal on workers' rights and social entitlements.’
    • ‘The Irish government has a particular duty to defend the rights and entitlements of Irish people.’
    • ‘This was to ensure that the surviving spouse did not suffer a loss of entitlements following the death.’
    • ‘Information will be provided on the rights and entitlements of migrant workers.’
    • ‘The second highest query related to rights and entitlements to family life.’
    • ‘It has been claimed that it did not fall within the rules pertaining to MPs' travel entitlements.’
    • ‘No one deserves to be better off than anyone else; nor does anyone have entitlements, or special claims.’
    • ‘The unit will provide information and advice to members of the public on their rights and entitlements.’
    • ‘The decision of the adjudicator shall reflect the legal entitlements of the parties.’
    • ‘Taking part in this course will not affect your social welfare entitlements.’
    • ‘With more people also losing their jobs, queries about welfare entitlements have hit a new high.’
    • ‘We are determined to ensure that the legal entitlements owed to Australian workers are delivered.’
    • ‘In order to receive the entitlements of membership a small yearly fee is charged.’
    • ‘So it is common ground that this clause governs the remuneration entitlements of casuals?’
    • ‘Out goes a culture of benefits and entitlements; in comes a partnership of rights and responsibilities.’
    • ‘He was concerned that people were being turfed out without their legal entitlements.’
    • ‘It is your right to know your entitlements so please avail of this service.’
    • ‘That is based on 990 shares per member, based on two entitlements plus loyalty shares.’
    right, prerogative, claim, title, licence
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1The amount to which a person has a right.
      ‘her annual leave entitlement’
      • ‘If he leaves the company however, he loses his entitlement, unless it is through early retirement.’
      • ‘Common law lump sum entitlements allow people to get on with their lives.’
      • ‘The letter informed her that her entitlement amounted to just £0.35 pence per fortnight.’
      • ‘The charity is hoping as many people as possible will claim their full entitlements.’
      • ‘He has refused to collect his entitlements and is preparing a legal challenge.’
      • ‘Their desire to have the entitlement changed to a block grants is mainly driven by financial pressures.’
      • ‘That long weekend can feel like a week in the sun, at a cost of two days out of an allotted annual holiday entitlement.’
      • ‘People find it difficult to get information regarding their entitlements and benefits.’
      • ‘Her leave entitlements expired during November, and she was asked to return to work in December.’
      • ‘It has been 30 years since the last increase in the minimum annual holiday entitlement.’
      • ‘The government has recognised that we should get our full grant entitlement.’
      • ‘This builds up monthly in advance at the rate of one-twelfth of the annual entitlement each month.’
      • ‘You may not be able to claim down all the premium entitlements on weanlings purchased now.’
      • ‘Subsequent cases have held that once entitlement is decided, a token amount ought not to be awarded.’
      • ‘There will be provision to purchase, sell or lease single payment entitlements.’
      • ‘Many employees would probably be very happy to be bought out of their long service leave entitlements.’
      allowance, allocation, allotment, quota, ration, grant, limit
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.
      ‘no wonder your kids have a sense of entitlement’
      [as modifier] ‘this entitlement mentality is completely out of control’
      • ‘I found her to be really daunting as well, because of her entitlement and her wealth and her quiet power.’
      • ‘His entitlement attitude should be enough to add another decade to his sentence alone.’
      • ‘He is really tired of her entitlement and you can tell he's regretting what he's gotten himself into.’
      • ‘His anger might also have betrayed his sense of entitlement.’
      • ‘She has even passed on the entitlement mentality to her son.’
      • ‘He is an example of the indulged generation who have an entitlement mentality and who never learnt any history at school.’
      • ‘Her neediness, her entitlement, are manifest in all she does.’
      • ‘She walks around with some strange sense of entitlement and ego, thanks to her own narcissism and dumb fans who strangely look up to her!’
      • ‘It was the arrogance he emitted when running the team, his hard dealing with local businesses, and his entitlement attitude.’
      • ‘She is both a victim of the all-consuming celebrity culture and a perpetrator of bad decisions, the lack of self-control and an unhealthy sense of entitlement.’
      • ‘Her insufferable sense of entitlement has turned her into a laughing stock.’
    3. 1.3US [count noun]A government scheme that provides benefits to any individual meeting certain eligibility requirements.
      ‘Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements are going broke’
      • ‘Total cuts to entitlements would top $265 billion.’
      • ‘The conservative assault on federal entitlement programs climaxed in the mid-1990s.’
      • ‘This successful assault on social welfare expenditures has provided the opening wedge for entertaining cuts in middle-class social insurance entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.’
      • ‘They perceive Medicare as the most vulnerable government entitlement.’
      • ‘Our unsustainable senior-citizen entitlement programs threaten the medium-term and long-term macroeconomic future.’
      • ‘The CBO estimates do not include $460 billion in possible entitlement spending, including a Medicare prescription drug benefit.’
      • ‘Profligate budget rules led to the greatest expansion of an entitlement since the Great Society.’
      • ‘This issue of entitlement reform is as politically toxic as it gets.’
      • ‘Steady growth in entitlement programs has crowded out other government expenditure.’
      • ‘Spending on federal programs—excluding the Pentagon and entitlements—grew by 34%.’