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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. He pleads the legal privilege of a roman. (Kettlewell) The privilege birthright was a double portion. (locke) A people inheriting privileges, franchises, and liberties. (Burke)

2. See Call, put, spread, etc. Breach of privilege. See Breach. Question of privilege, a writ to deliver a privileged person from custody when arrested in a civil suit.

Synonym: Prerogative, immunity, franchise, right, claim, liberty.

Privilege, Prerogative. Privilege, among the romans, was something conferred upon an individual by a private law; and hence, it denotes some peculiar benefit or advantage, some right or immunity, not enjoyed by the world at large. Prerogative, among the Romans, was the right of voting first; and, hence, it denotes a right of precedence, or of doing certain acts, or enjoying certain privileges, to the exclusion of others. It is the privilege of a member of Congress not to be called in question elsewhere for words uttered in debate. It is the prerogative of the president to nominate judges and executive officers. It is the privilege of a Christian child to be instructed in the true religion. It is the prerogative of a parent to govern and direct his children.

Origin: F. Privilege, L. Privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private _ lex, legis, law. See Private, and Legal.

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... create something like free will for only us (and perhaps other animals) to utilize. To me, the only thing that could grant us that kind of special privilege is a god of some kind, and gods, to me, look even less likely than free will! :)

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Future Human Evolution

... of this century, comparable to racism in the last century. (Possibly in accompaniment to questions of AI.) Is genetic modification a right or a privilege? What restrictions should be placed upon it? How far can it be taken before the result is no longer considered human? What exactly IS a human ...

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by WinterImp
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:11 pm
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Brain evolution last 40,000 years

... religion right throughout your childhood so you really cant help it, people such as yourself i actually feel sorry for as you were robbed of the privilege of being able to think for yourself, you really need to get out more and start thinking outside the box. Do a bit of research and have a look ...

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Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:11 pm
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