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confidential communication

noun, Law.
a confidential statement made to a lawyer, doctor, or pastor, or to one's spouse, privileged against disclosure in court if the privilege is claimed by the client, patient, penitent, or spouse.
Also called privileged communication.
Origin of confidential communication
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Under all ordinary circumstances do not betray a confidential communication made you by a friend.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • All seemed safe and convenient for confidential communication.

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The historical interest of this confidential communication cannot be overrated.

    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
  • "Eleanore and I hold little or no confidential communication," she replied.

    The Leavenworth Case Anna Katherine Green
  • It isn't myself——This is a confidential communication—all this.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • This was followed by a confidential communication, judging by the tone.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • In the confidential communication he made to me on my arrival he particularly dwelt on his goodness to his family.

    The Lily of the Valley Honore de Balzac
  • Shotaye easily understood the meaning of this confidential communication.

    The Delight Makers Adolf Bandelier
  • His outcry was no more than the confidential communication of a genial spirit with that distinctive article of his attire.

  • All the effect which I hoped for by the official despatch has been produced by the confidential communication.

    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos

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