privilege

In the administration of a multi-user computer system, a privilege is an identified right that a particular user has to a particular system resource, such as a file folder, the use of certain system commands, or an amount of storage.

In the administration of a multi-user computer system, a privilege is an identified right that a particular user has to a particular system resource, such as a file folder, the use of certain system commands, or an amount of storage. Generally, a system administrator or, in the case of network resources such as access to a particular device, a network administrator assigns privileges to users. System software then automatically enforces these privileges.
This was first published in September 2005

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