attorney-client privilege
noun confidential relationship, confidentiality, fiduciary privilege, immunity from divulging confidences, nondisclosable relationship, private relationship, privileged relationship Generally:{{}}protected relationship Specifically:{{}}confidential communications associated concepts: privileged communications

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


attorney-client privilege
n.
In evidence law, the right of attorneys and their clients to withhold information about confidential communications made in the course of their professional relationship.

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


attorney-client privilege
A rule that keeps communications between an attorney and client confidential and protects everything said between attorney and client from being discovered by the opposing party during pretrial investigation, or used as evidence in a trial. The same type of privilege exists between physician and patient, clergy and parishioner, and spouses.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


attorney-client privilege

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


attorney-client privilege
In the law of evidence, a client's privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent any other person from disclosing, confidential communications between the client and his or her attorney. Such privilege protects communications between attorney and client that are made for the purpose of furnishing or obtaining professional legal advice or assistance. That privilege that permits an attorney to refuse to testify as to communications from the client. It belongs to the client, not the attorney, and hence only the client may waive it. In federal courts, state law is applied with respect to such privilege.

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


attorney-client privilege
In the law of evidence, a client's privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent any other person from disclosing, confidential communications between the client and his or her attorney. Such privilege protects communications between attorney and client that are made for the purpose of furnishing or obtaining professional legal advice or assistance. That privilege that permits an attorney to refuse to testify as to communications from the client. It belongs to the client, not the attorney, and hence only the client may waive it. In federal courts, state law is applied with respect to such privilege.

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

attorney-client privilege
n.
   the requirement that an attorney may not reveal communications, conversations and letters between himself/ herself and his/her client, under the theory that a person should be able to speak freely and honestly with his/her attorney without fear of future revelation. In a trial, deposition, and written questions (interrogatories), the attorney is required and the client is entitled to refuse to answer any question or produce any document which was part of the attorney-client contact. The problem sometimes arises as to whether the conversation was in an attorney-client relationship. If a man tells his neighbor who happens to be an attorney that he embezzled funds, is he doing so while seeking legal advice or just chatting over the fence (which is the test)? If a document was prepared as part of the legal preparation for a client, it usually is a "work product" and is also privileged. Similar privileges exist between pastor and parishioner and doctor and patient.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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