1. The act or process of entitling.
2. The state of being entitled.
3. A government program that guarantees and provides benefits to a particular group: "fights ... to preserve victories won a generation ago, like the Medicaid entitlement for the poor" (Jason DeParle).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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