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privileged mode

[′priv·ə·lijd ‚mōd]
(computer science)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

privileged mode

An operational state of software that has the highest priority. Also called the "supervisor mode" or "supervisor state," it is typically the mode in which the operating system runs, because it has access to all the resources in the computer. See privilege.
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