executive privilege
executive privilege see privilege 1b

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

executive privilege
noun confidential relationship, Executive Department's immunity, Executive Department's privilege, President's Staffs nondisclosures, protected relationship Generally, freedom from testifying, nondisclosable information, nondisclosure, refusal to disclose associated concepts: invoking executive privilege

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


executive privilege
n.
An executive’s freedom from the disclosure laws that bind other citizens when secrecy is necessary to fulfill the duties of the office.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


executive privilege
The privilege that allows the president and other high officials of the executive branch to keep certain communications private if disclosing those communications would disrupt the functions or decision-making processes of the executive branch. As demonstrated by the Watergate hearings, this privilege does not extend to information germane to a criminal investigation.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


executive privilege
n. A legal privilege, exempting the president of the United States and other members of the executive branch from being compelled to disclose information to the public about matters of foreign policy or of national security.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


executive privilege
The right of the president of the United States to withhold information from Congress or the courts.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


executive privilege
The right of the president of the United States to withhold information from Congress or the courts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

executive privilege
n.
   a claim by the President or another high official of the executive branch that he/she need not answer a request (including a subpena issued by a court or Congress) for confidential government or personal communications, on the ground that such revelations would hamper effective governmental operations and decision-making. The rationale is that such a demand would violate the principle of separation of powers among the executive, legislative and judicial branches. If there is a potential criminal charge, executive privilege will be denied, as Richard Nixon discovered when he attempted to use executive privilege to deny Congress, the courts and the Department of Justice access to tapes and documents in the Watergate scandal (1973-1974).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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