Legal Definition and Related Resources of Privilege

Meaning of Privilege

An exceptional or extraordinary advantage or right ; an exemption from some duty, burden, liability or attendance to which certain persons are entitled. May be absolute as that conferred by the United States constitution upon members of Congress with respect to defamatory matter published in the performance of their legislative function. Barr v Matteo, 360 U.S. 564, 79 S. Ct. 1335, 3 L.Ed.2d 1434. Also, U.S. Constitution article 1, Section 6, Appendix 1. A qualified privilege is one that extends to a defamatory statement when it is made in good faith on any subject matter in which the person communicating has an interest or in reference to which he has a right or duty, if made to a person having a corresponding interest or duty on a privileged occasion then in the manner and under circumstances fairly warranted by the occasion and duty, right or interest. See Watwood v Stone’s mercantile agency , Inc., 90 App. D. C. 156, 194 F.2d 160. Also see Kenney v Gurney, 208 Ala. 623, 95 So. 34.

Synonyms of Privilege



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