privileged communication

noun

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: 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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“Privileged communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/privileged%20communication. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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