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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Privilege  \Priv"i*lege\,  n.  [F.  privil[`e]ge,  L.  privilegium  an 
  ordinance  or  law  against  or  in  favor  of  an  individual;  privus 
  private  +  lex,  legis,  law.  See  {Private},  and  {Legal}.] 
  1.  A  peculiar  benefit,  advantage,  or  favor;  a  right  or 
  immunity  not  enjoyed  by  others  or  by  all  special 
  enjoyment  of  a  good,  or  exemption  from  an  evil  or  burden; 
  a  prerogative;  advantage;  franchise. 
  He  pleads  the  legal  privilege  of  a  Roman. 
  The  privilege  birthright  was  a  double  portion. 
  A  people  inheriting  privileges,  franchises,  and 
  liberties.  --Burke. 
  2.  (Stockbroker's  Cant)  See  {Call},  {Put},  {Spread},  etc 
  {Breach  of  privilege}.  See  under  {Breach}. 
  {Question  of  privilege}  (Parliamentary  practice),  a  question 
  which  concerns  the  security  of  a  member  of  a  legislative 
  body  in  his  special  privileges  as  such 
  {Water  privilege},  the  advantage  of  having  machinery  driven 
  by  a  stream,  or  a  place  affording  such  advantage.  [  U.  S.] 
  {Writ  of  privilege}  (Law),  a  writ  to  deliver  a  privileged 
  person  from  custody  when  arrested  in  a  civil  suit. 
  Syn:  Prerogative;  immunity;  franchise;  right  claim;  liberty. 
  Usage:  {Privilege},  {Prerogative}.  Privilege,  among  the 
  Romans,  was  something  conferred  upon  an  individual  by 
  a  private  law;  and  hence  it  denotes  some  peculiar 
  benefit  or  advantage,  some  right  or  immunity,  not 
  enjoyed  by  the  world  at  large  Prerogative,  among  the 
  Romans,  was  the  right  of  voting  first  and  hence  it 
  denotes  a  right  of  precedence,  or  of  doing  certain 
  acts  or  enjoying  certain  privileges,  to  the  exclusion 
  of  others  It  is  the  privilege  of  a  member  of  Congress 
  not  to  be  called  in  question  elsewhere  for  words 
  uttered  in  debate.  It  is  the  prerogative  of  the 
  president  to  nominate  judges  and  executive  officers. 
  It  is  the  privilege  of  a  Christian  child  to  be 
  instructed  in  the  true  religion.  It  is  the  prerogative 
  of  a  parent  to  govern  and  direct  his  children. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Privilege  \Priv"i*lege\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Privileged};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Privileging}.]  [Cf.  F.  privil['e]gier.] 
  1.  To  grant  some  particular  right  or  exemption  to  to  invest 
  with  a  peculiar  right  or  immunity;  to  authorize;  as  to 
  privilege  representatives  from  arrest. 
  To  privilege  dishonor  in  thy  name  --Shak. 
  2.  To  bring  or  put  into  a  condition  of  privilege  or  exemption 
  from  evil  or  danger;  to  exempt;  to  deliver. 
  He  took  this  place  for  sanctuary,  And  it  shall 
  privilege  him  from  your  hands.  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  special  advantage  or  immunity  or  benefit  not  enjoyed  by 
  2:  a  right  reserved  exclusively  by  a  particular  person  or  group 
  (especially  a  hereditary  or  official  right);  "suffrage  was 
  the  prerogative  of  white  adult  males"  [syn:  {prerogative}, 
  {perquisite},  {exclusive  right}] 
  3:  (law)  the  right  to  refuse  to  divulge  information  obtained  in 
  a  confidential  relationship 
  v  1:  grant  a  privilege  to 
  2:  bestow  a  privilege  upon  [syn:  {favor},  {favour}] 

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