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abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege

*(a) right to something

 and *(the) right to something
a privilege or license to have something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have the right to have the kind of house I want. You have a right to any house you can afford.
See also: right
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It sheds light on the idea that we are able to think, feel, or act this way only because of particular privileges that we do not even deserve in the first place.
For a person, group, or subculture to foreshadow another is symptomatic of a privilege being enjoyed, sometimes acknowledged, but often unchecked.
For instance, we speak of someone having "VIP privileges" at a club, or certain privileges that come with a high-ranking position within a company or the government.
A delegated authority to write privileges that enables an agency to shield its own communications from disclosure will allow the agency to insulate itself from external review and oversight.
judges, and the like), government should not grant privileges to anyone, but should instead equally protect the rights of everyone.
793 (2012), the taxpayer claimed the tax practitioner and work product privileges in an attempt to avoid turning over to the government documents related to advice it had received on the tax treatment of certain transactions.
Equally, it makes sense that parties who negotiate a corporate acquisition should expect that the privileges of the acquired corporation would be incidents of the sale, subject to the terms of any agreements.
3) Congress did not believe that the right to this information was absolute and carved out exemptions in the FOIA retaining privileges that were available at common law.
GAO was asked to testify on (1) how VA credentials and privileges physicians working in its medical facilities and (2) the extent to which VA has implemented the three recommendations made in GAO's May 2006 report that address VA's privileging requirements.
Because established legal privileges provide insufficient protection for companies, many commentators have suggested application of the self-critical analysis privilege.
1) Has a prosecutor or government investigator (federal, state, or local) ever requested your business or organizational client to waive the attorney-client or work-product privileges in connection with an investigation?
In compiling the survey I read countless responses from readers saying they give out of gratefulness for all of God's gifts--their privileges, in other words.
In such situations, however, society has made the value judgment that the benefits derived from those privileges outweigh the costs of denying others access to the information.
Taxpayers may be required to waive the privileges for the tax advice that is disclosed to the auditors, and also for all other tax advice on the same subject.
8) The Federal Rules of Evidence invite courts to consider recognizing new evidentiary privileges according to "the principles of the common law .