confidential communication
con·fi·den·tial communication /ˌkän-fə-'den-chəl-/ n: a communication between parties to a confidential relation (as husband and wife, attorney and client, or doctor and patient) such that the recipient of the communication has a privilege exempting him or her from disclosing it as a witness – called also privileged communication;

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

confidential communication
index confidence (relation of trust), secret

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


confidential communication
n.
Statements made in private, meant to be heard only by the person addressed. See also privilege

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


confidential communication
Information exchanged between two people who (1) have a relationship in which private communications are protected by law, and (2) intend that the information be kept in confidence. The law recognizes certain parties whose communications will be considered confidential and protected, including spouses, doctor and patient, attorney and client, and priest and confessor. Communications between these individuals cannot be disclosed in court unless the protected party waives that protection. The intention that the communication be confidential is critical. For example, if an attorney and his client are discussing a matter in the presence of an unnecessary third party — for example, in an elevator with other people present — the discussion will not be considered confidential and may be admitted at trial. Also known as privileged communication.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


confidential communication
A form of privileged communication passed from one individual to another, intended to be heard only by the individual addressed.

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


confidential communication
A form of privileged communication passed from one individual to another, intended to be heard only by the individual addressed.

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

confidential communication
n.
   certain written communications which can be kept confidential and need not be disclosed in court as evidence, answered by a witness either in depositions or trial, or provided to the parties to a lawsuit or their attorneys. This is based on the inherent private relationship between the person communicating and the confidant's occupation or relationship to him/her. They include communications between husband and wife, lawyer and client, physician or other medical person (most therapists) and patient, minister or priest and parishioner (or anyone seeking spiritual help), and journalist and source in some states. Moral conflicts may arise when a murderer or child molester confesses to his/her priest, who is pledged to silence and confidentiality by his priestly vows and cannot reveal the confession in legal cases.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • confidential communication — noun : privileged communication 1 * * * Law. a confidential statement made to a lawyer, doctor, or pastor, or to one s husband or wife, privileged against disclosure in court if the privilege is claimed by the client, patient, penitent, or spouse …   Useful english dictionary

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  • confidential communication — Law. a confidential statement made to a lawyer, doctor, or pastor, or to one s husband or wife, privileged against disclosure in court if the privilege is claimed by the client, patient, penitent, or spouse. Also called privileged communication.… …   Universalium

  • communication — com·mu·ni·ca·tion /kə ˌmyü nə kā shən/ n: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures see also confidential communication, privileged communication Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Confidential — Con fi*den tial, a. [Cf. F. confidentiel.] 1. Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk. [1913 Webster] 2. Communicated in confidence; secret. Confidential messages. Burke. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confidential creditors — Confidential Con fi*den tial, a. [Cf. F. confidentiel.] 1. Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk. [1913 Webster] 2. Communicated in confidence; secret. Confidential messages. Burke.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confidential debts — Confidential Con fi*den tial, a. [Cf. F. confidentiel.] 1. Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk. [1913 Webster] 2. Communicated in confidence; secret. Confidential messages. Burke.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confidential — con·fi·den·tial /ˌkän fi den chəl/ adj 1: known or conveyed only to a limited number of people a confidential disclosure 2: marked by or indicative of intimacy, mutual trust, or willingness to confide esp. between parties one of whom is in a… …   Law dictionary

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