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Confidential communicationConfidential Con`fi*den"tial, a. [Cf. F. confidentiel.]
1. Enjoying, or treated with, confidence; trusted in;
trustworthy; as, a confidential servant or clerk.
2. Communicated in confidence; secret. ``Confidential
Confidential communication (Law) See Privileged
communication, under Privileged.
Confidential creditors, those whose claims are of such a
character that they are entitled to be paid before other
Confidential debts, debts incurred for borrowed money, and
regarded as having a claim to be paid before other debts.
Excommunication Ex`com*mu`ni*ca"tion, n. [L. excommunicatio:
cf. F. excommunication.]
The act of communicating or ejecting; esp., an ecclesiastical
censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is,
for the time, cast out of the communication of the church;
exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual.
Note: excommunication is of two kinds, the lesser and the
greater; the lesser excommunication is a separation or
suspension from partaking of the Eucharist; the greater
is an absolute execution of the offender from the
church and all its rights and advantages, even from
social intercourse with the faithful.
Excommunication by inch of candleCandle Can"dle, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel,
1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
used to furnish light.
How far that little candle throws his beams! So
shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
wicks in the melted tallow, etc. (``dipped candles'),
or by casting or running in a mold.
2. That which gives light; a luminary.
By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
Candle nut, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites
triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
Candle power (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
Electric candle, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle.
Excommunication by inch of candle, a form of
excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
repent only while a candle burns.
Not worth the candle, not worth the cost or trouble.
Rush candle, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
Sale by inch of candle, an auction in which persons are
allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
Standard candle (Photom.), a special form of candle
employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
To curse by bell, book and candle. See under Bell.
Intercommunication In`ter*com*mu`ni*ca"tion, n.
Mutual communication. --Owen.
Privileged communicationPrivileged Priv"i*leged, a.
Invested with a privilege; enjoying a peculiar right,
advantage, or immunity.
Privileged communication. (Law)
(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,
Privileged debts (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.
Privileged witnesses (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.
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