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{{#category_index:P|privileged}} 1. A computer function whose use is restricted. For example, the ability to read a file of authorized passwords is a privileged function usually restricted to the system manager. In a computer system, privileged instructions may be executed only by the operating system when in the proper mode (e.g., supervisor state, kernal mode, etc.). 2. A computer operation that has priority over other operations. 3. Data whose input has priority over other computer operations.