priv·i·leged (prĭvə-lĭjd, prĭvlĭjd)
1. Enjoying a privilege or having privileges: a privileged childhood; privileged society.
2. Entailing or carrying certain privileges: a reporter who has a privileged relationship with the actor.
a. Protected by a legally recognized right against disclosure: privileged information.
b. Protected by a legally recognized right against a lawsuit for libel or slander.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
Privileged people considered as a group. Often used with the.
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