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privilege

1. any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens of a country by its constitution
2. 
a. the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge information obtained in confidence from a client
b. the right claimed by any of certain other functionaries to refuse to divulge information
3. the rights and immunities enjoyed by members of most legislative bodies, such as freedom of speech, freedom from arrest in civil cases during a session, etc.

Privilege

 

the granting of some concession; a partial exemption from fulfilling established rules or obligations (tax privileges or pension privileges) or the easing of the conditions of their fulfillment.

privilege

(1) The rights granted to a single user or group of users who operate a computer. Administrative privileges allow a user the right to make any and all changes in the computer, including setting up accounts for other users. User-level privileges are more restricted. See access rights.

(2) The rights granted to software running in the computer, which determines which hardware and software resources can be accessed and changed. See privileged mode and access mode.
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In some cases, significant steps toward defining authorial rights were taken by figures now almost forgotten, like George Wither, whose The Schollers Purgatory clearly asserts a natural authorial property: "yfhis Majestie hath not a legall power to confirme unto me that which is naturally myne owne, By what right, then, doe they and others enjoy priviledges for those books wherein every man hath as good property as they[?
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