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Privilege
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I. Law

In contrast with its imprecise meaning in general usage, which also includes social disparities, in law the term “privilege” has a more clearly defined meaning, which became increasingly precise in the course of history. It denotes a special right granted to an individual or majority group by sovereign act of a responsible authority. As a legal term it has its origin in Roman law; in the Middle Ages it was deve…

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Link, Christoph, Korioth, Stefan and Magin, Christine, “Privilege”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024475>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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