Privilege

Definition of Privilege

Priv´i`lege
n.1.
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.
- Kettlewell.
The privilege birthright was a double portion.
- Locke.
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.
Writ of privilege
(Law) a writ to deliver a privileged person from custody when arrested in a civil suit.
- Blackstone.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Privileged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Privileging.]
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.

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