privileged communication
privileged communication n
2 a: a defamatory communication that does not expose the party making it to the liability that would follow from it if not privileged – called also absolutely privileged communication;
b: a defamatory statement made by one person to another who is in a confidential relation (as that of a prospective employer) or who has an interest therein that may upon proof of bad faith or actual malice be deprived of its privileged character – called also conditionally privileged communication;

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

privileged communication
I noun attorney's work product, closed conversation, confidential communication, confidential discussion, nondisclosable communication, private communication, private interchange, privileged discussion, privileged writing associated concepts: attorney-client relationship, doctor-patient privilege, husband-wife privilege, physician-patient privilege, priest-penitent privilege, waiver II index confidence (relation of trust), secret

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


privileged communication
n.
A communication that does not have to be revealed during discovery because it occurred in a special situation, such as information revealed to a doctor by a patient or from one spouse to another. See also attorney-client privilege, patient-physician privilege, marital communications privilege, priest-penitent privilege

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


privileged communication
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


privileged communication
An exchange of information between two individuals in a confidential relationship.

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


privileged communication
An exchange of information between two individuals in a confidential relationship.

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

privileged communication
n.
   statements and conversations made under circumstances of assured confidentiality which must not be disclosed in court. These include communications between husband and wife, attorney and client, physician or therapist and patient, and minister or priest with anyone seeing them in their religious status. In some states the privilege is extended to reporters and informants. Thus, such people cannot be forced to testify or reveal the conversations to law enforcement or courts, even under threat of contempt of court, and if one should break the confidentiality he/she can be sued by the person who had confidence in him/her. The reason for the privilege is to allow people to speak with candor to spouse or professional counsellor, even though it may hinder a criminal prosecution. The extreme case is when a priest hears an admission of murder or other serious crime in the confessional and can do nothing about it. The privilege may be lost if the one who made the admission waives the privilege, or, in the case of an attorney, if the client sues the attorney claiming negligence in conduct of the case.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Privileged communication — Privileged Priv i*leged, a. Invested with a privilege; enjoying a peculiar right, advantage, or immunity. [1913 Webster] {Privileged communication}. (Law) (a) A communication which can not be disclosed without the consent of the party making it,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privileged communication — n. Law 1. a communication that one cannot legally be compelled to divulge, as that to a lawyer from a client 2. a communication made under certain circumstances, as in a legislative proceeding, such that it is not actionable as slander or libel …   English World dictionary

  • privileged communication — Law. See confidential communication. * * * or confidential communication In law, communication between parties to a confidential relation such that the communication s recipient is exempted from disclosing it as a witness. Communications between… …   Universalium

  • privileged communication — noun 1. : a communication between parties to a confidential relation such that the recipient cannot be legally compelled to disclose it as a witness (as a communication between lawyer and client, physician and patient, husband and wife) called… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Privileged Communication — Interaction between two parties in which the law recognizes a private, protected relationship. Whatever is communicated between these pairs of parties shall remain confidential, and the law cannot force disclosure of these communications. The… …   Investment dictionary

  • privileged communication — A communication between persons in such a confidential relationship, be it attorney and client, physician and patient, or confessor and penitent, that public policy prohibits the disclosure thereof by the person to whom it was made, as a witness… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • privileged communication — priv·i·leged communication priv ə lijd n a communication between parties to a confidential relation (as between physician and patient) such that the recipient cannot be legally compelled to disclose it as a witness …   Medical dictionary

  • conditionally privileged communication — n: privileged communication (2b) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • absolutely privileged communication — absolutely privileged com·mu·ni·ca·tion n: privileged communication (2a) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • conditionally privileged communication — One made in good faith on any subject matter in which the person publishing has an interest, or in reference to which he has a duty, if made to a person having a corresponding interest or duty, even though it contains matter which otherwise would …   Black's law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”