In computing, privilege is defined as the delegation of authority over a computer system. A privilege is a permission to perform an action. Examples of various privileges include the ability to create a file in a directory, or to read or delete a file, access a device, or have read or write permission to a socket for communicating over the Internet.

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  1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise; preferential treatment.
    All first-year professors here must teach four courses a term, yet you're only teaching one! What entitled you to such a privilege?
  2. The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.
    In order to advance racial equality in the United States, what we've got to do is reduce white privilege.
  3. A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.
    ''Your honor, my client is not required to answer that; her response is protected by attorney-client privilege.
  4. A call, put, spread, or other option.
  5. An ability to perform an action on the system that can be selectively granted or denied to users; permission.


  1. To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.
  2. To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.

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