Definition of entitlement in English:

entitlement

noun

  • 1The fact of having a right to something.

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

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