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 for Privileged witnesses
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privileged \Priv"i*leged\, a.
     Invested with a privilege; enjoying a peculiar right,
     advantage, or immunity.
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     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,
         etc.
  
     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.
        --Burrill.
  
     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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Witness \Wit"ness\, n. [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to
     know. [root]133. See Wit, v. i.]
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     1. Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
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              May we with . . . the witness of a good conscience,
              pursue him with any further revenge?  --Shak.
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              If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
                                                    --John v. 31.
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     2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
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              Laban said to Jacob, . . . This heap be witness, and
              this pillar be witness.               --Gen. xxxi.
                                                    51, 52.
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     3. One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise
        has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an
        earwitness. "Thyself art witness I am betrothed." --Shak.
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              Upon my looking round, I was witness to appearances
              which filled me with melancholy and regret. --R.
                                                    Hall.
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     4. (Law)
        (a) One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before
            a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed
            in all essential facts.
        (b) One who sees the execution of an instrument, and
            subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its
            authenticity by his testimony; one who witnesses a
            will, a deed, a marriage, or the like.
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     Privileged witnesses. (Law) See under Privileged.
  
     With a witness, effectually; to a great degree; with great
        force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony. [Colloq.]
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              This, I confess, is haste with a witness. --South.
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