off-the-record

[ awf-thuh-rek-erd, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈrɛk ərd, ˈɒf- /

adjective

not for publication; not to be quoted: a candidate's off-the-record remarks to reporters.
confidential: off-the-record information.

Origin of off-the-record

First recorded in 1930–35

Definition for off the record (2 of 2)

Origin of record

1175–1225; 1875–80 for def 17; (v.) Middle English recorden < Old French recorder < Latin recordārī to remember, recollect (re- re- + cord- (stem of cors) heart + -ārī infinitive ending); (noun) Middle English record(e) < Old French, derivative of recorder; compare Medieval Latin recordum
Related formsre·cord·a·ble, adjectiverec·ord·less, adjectiveun·re·cord·a·ble, adjectivewell-re·cord·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for off the record (1 of 2)

off the record


adjective (off-the-record when prenominal)

not intended for publication or disclosure; confidential

adverb

with such an intention; unofficially

British Dictionary definitions for off the record (2 of 2)

record


noun (ˈrɛkɔːd)

verb (rɪˈkɔːd) (mainly tr)

Derived Formsrecordable, adjective

Word Origin for record

C13: from Old French recorder to call to mind, from Latin recordārī to remember, from re- + cor heart
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Medicine definitions for off the record

record

[ rĭ-kôrd ]

v.

To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form.
To register or indicate.

n.

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Idioms and Phrases with off the record (1 of 2)

off the record


Unofficially, in confidence, not for publication, as in What he was about to say, he told the reporters, was strictly off the record. Probably alluding to striking evidence from a court record (because it is irrelevant or improper), this term came into wide use in the mid-1900s, especially with reference to persons who did not wish to be quoted by journalists. For antonyms, see go on record; just for the record.

Idioms and Phrases with off the record (2 of 2)

record


see break the record; go on record; just for the record; off the record; set (the record) straight; track record.

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