privileged communication

noun

Legal Definition of privileged communication 

2a : 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

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