1. the act or an instance of disclosing; exposure; revelation.
  2. that which is disclosed; a revelation.
  3. Patent Law. (in a patent application) the descriptive information imparted by the specification claims, drawings, and models submitted.

Origin of disclosure

First recorded in 1590–1600; disclose + -ure
Related formsnon·dis·clo·sure, nounpre·dis·clo·sure, nounself-dis·clo·sure, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-disclosure

Contemporary Examples of self-disclosure

Historical Examples of self-disclosure

  • In reality both his teaching and his cures were only means of self-disclosure.

  • But the self-disclosure of Major Milroy's domestic position had not reached its end yet.


    Wilkie Collins

  • Kitty, after a first movement of self-disclosure, caught her own name and stood motionless.

British Dictionary definitions for self-disclosure


  1. something that is disclosed
  2. the act of disclosing; revelation
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Word Origin and History for self-disclosure



1590s; see disclose + -ure. Formed in English, perhaps on model of closure.

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