Definition of executive privilege noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


executive privilege

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(in the US) the right of the President and the executive part of the government to keep official documents secret Culture President Nixon used this right during Watergate, but the Supreme Court decided that some items, such as tapes of telephone calls, were not protected. The last president to have total executive privilege was Eisenhower.
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