Definition - Noun
[Latin privilegium law affecting a specific person, special right, from privus private + leg- lex law]
1  : a right, license, or exemption from duty or liability granted as a special benefit, advantage, or favor: as
a  : an exemption from liability where an action is deemed to be justifiable (as in the case of self-defense) or because of the requirements of a position or office
: the affirmative defense that an action is privileged
compare excuse

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