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privilege

noun     /ˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒ/
C1 [C or U] an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich: Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Senior management enjoy certain privileges, such as company cars and private healthcare.Advantage and disadvantage C1 [S] an opportunity to do something special or enjoyable: I had the privilege of interviewing Picasso in the 1960s. It was a real privilege to meet her.Pleasure and happiness [U] the way in which rich people or people from a high social class have most of the advantages in society: a life of privilegeWealthiness and wealthy [C or U] specialized law the special right that some people in authority have that allows them to do or say things that other people are not allowed to: diplomatic/parliamentary privilegeNot punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of privilege noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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