Definition of entitlement
- (US) IPA: /ənˈtaɪtəlmənt/
entitlement (plural entitlements)
- the right to have something
- something that one is entitled to (or believes that one is entitled to)
- (politics) a legal obligation on a government to make payments to a person, business, or unit of government that meets the criteria set in law, such as the Pell Grant and social security in the US.
Entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits because of rights or by agreement through law. It also refers, in a more casual sense, to someone's belief that one is deserving of some particular reward or benefit. It is often used pejoratively in common parlance (e.g. a "sense of entitlement").
As a legal term, entitlement carries no value judgment: it simply denotes a right granted. For example in the United States of America, social security is an entitlement program.
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 (e.g. rezoning).
In computer security, entitlement can also refer to access control.
- "Federal entitlement programs more costly".
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