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privileged communication n
1 : confidential communication
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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.