con·fi·den·tial /ˌkän-fi-'den-chəl/ adj
1: known or conveyed only to a limited number of people
a confidential disclosure
2: marked by or indicative of intimacy, mutual trust, or willingness to confide esp. between parties one of whom is in a position of superiority
the confidential relationship of doctor and patient
3: containing information whose unauthorized disclosure could be prejudicial to the national interest
con·fi·den·ti·al·i·ty /ˌkän-fi-ˌden-chē-'a-lə-tē/ n
con·fi·den·tial·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective arcane, arcanus, auricular, classified, concealed, fidus, hidden, imparted in secret, irrevealable, not for publication, not to be communicated, not to be disclosed, not to be quoted, not to be spoken of, off the record, private, restricted, secret, spoken in confidence, told in confidence, top-secret, undercover, unmentionable, unrevealed associated concepts: confidential communication, confidential information, confidential proceeding, confidential relationship, fiduciary relationship, privilege II index clandestine, close (intimate), collusive, esoteric, fiduciary, intimate, personal (private), privy, secret

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Particularly in close trading relationships, giving access to confidential information and trade secrets to trading partners can be risky. A duty to keep such material confidential can be imposed. This needs to be in respect of keeping information secret, preventing disclosure to third parties or being used with a view to going into competition. A separate confidentiality agreement or a term in another agreement should address such issues both during and after the relationship.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

Secret; private.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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