Definition of confidentiality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnfɪˌdenʃiˈæləti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnfɪˌdenʃiˈæləti//
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a situation in which you expect somebody to keep information secret They signed a confidentiality agreement. All letters will be treated with complete confidentiality. He was fired for a breach of confidentiality (= an occasion when secret information was told to somebody else).Extra examples It is important to maintain strict confidentiality at all times. The newspapers have agreed to waive confidentiality. They urged lawmakers to include confidentiality provisions in any new system. To maintain patient confidentiality, the forms were anonymous. efforts to protect the confidentiality of the client
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