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Definition: Privileged witnesses
Invested with a privilege; enjoying a peculiar right,
advantage, or immunity.
(a) A communication which can not be disclosed without the
consent of the party making it, -- such as those made by
a client to his legal adviser, or by persons to their
religious or medical advisers.
(b) A communication which does not expose the party making it
to indictment for libel, -- such as those made by persons
communicating confidentially with a government, persons
consulted confidentially as to the character of servants,
(Law), those to which a preference in
payment is given out of the estate of a deceased person,
or out of the estate of an insolvent. --Wharton.
(Law) witnesses who are not obliged to
testify as to certain things, as lawyers in relation to
their dealings with their clients, and officers of state
as to state secrets; also, by statute, clergymen and
physicans are placed in the same category, so far as
concerns information received by them professionally.
, n. [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to
know. [root]133. See Wit
, v. i.]
1. Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
May we with . . . the witness of a good conscience,
pursue him with any further revenge? --Shak.
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
--John v. 31.
2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
Laban said to Jacob, . . . This heap be witness, and
this pillar be witness. --Gen. xxxi.
3. One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise
has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an
earwitness. “Thyself art witness I am betrothed.”
Upon my looking round, I was witness to appearances
which filled me with melancholy and regret. --R.
(a) One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before
a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed
in all essential facts.
(b) One who sees the execution of an instrument, and
subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its
authenticity by his testimony; one who witnesses a
will, a deed, a marriage, or the like.
. (Law) See under Privileged
With a witness
, effectually; to a great degree; with great
force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony. [Colloq.]
This, I confess, is haste with a witness. --South.