Writ of privilege
Privilege Priv"i*lege, n. [F. privil[`e]ge, L. privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

He pleads the legal privilege of a Roman. --Kettlewell. [1913 Webster]

The privilege birthright was a double portion. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

A people inheriting privileges, franchises, and liberties. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. (Stockbroker's Cant) See {Call}, {Put}, {Spread}, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Breach of privilege}. See under {Breach}.

{Question of privilege} (Parliamentary practice), a question which concerns the security of a member of a legislative body in his special privileges as such.

{Water privilege}, the advantage of having machinery driven by a stream, or a place affording such advantage. [ U. S.]

{Writ of privilege} (Law), a writ to deliver a privileged person from custody when arrested in a civil suit. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Prerogative; immunity; franchise; right; claim; liberty.

Usage: {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. [1913 Webster]


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  • writ of privilege — a writ to deliver a privileged person from custody when arrested in a civil suit * * * writ of privilege An order for the release of a privileged person from custody • • • Main Entry: ↑privilege * * * writ of privilege, Law. a writ to release a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • writ of privilege — A writ for the release of a member of parliament who had been arrested on civil process …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Writ of right — Right Right, n. [AS. right. See {Right}, a.] 1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, the opposite of moral wrong. (b) A true… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • writ of protection — In England, the king may, by his writ of protection, privilege any person in his service from arrest in civil proceedings during a year and a day; but this prerogative is seldom, if ever, exercised …   Black's law dictionary

  • Breach of privilege — Privilege Priv i*lege, n. [F. privil[ e]ge, L. privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Question of privilege — Privilege Priv i*lege, n. [F. privil[ e]ge, L. privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privilege — Priv i*lege, n. [F. privil[ e]ge, L. privilegium an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus private + lex, legis, law. See {Private}, and {Legal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privilege — A particular and peculiar benefit or advantage enjoyed by a person, company, or class, beyond the common advantages of other citizens. An exceptional or extraordinary power or exemption. A peculiar right, advantage, exemption, power, franchise,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • privilege — A right peculiar to an individual or body. Ripley v Knight, 123 Mass 519. An advantage held by way of license, franchise, grant, or permission, not possessed by others. Special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden. Wisener v… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Privilege of Peerage — The Privilege of Peerage is the body of special privileges belonging to members of the British Peerage, and is distinct from Parliamentary privilege, which applies to only those peers serving in the House of Lords and the members of the House of… …   Wikipedia

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