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executive privilege


noun

the discretionary right claimed by certain U.S. presidents to withhold information from Congress or the judiciary.

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Nearby words

executive function, executive mansion, executive office of the president, executive officer, executive order, executive privilege, executive secretary, executive session, executively, executor, executory

Origin of executive privilege

First recorded in 1940–45
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