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Absolute Privilege

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Definition:

Privilege is a special legal right or immunity granted to a person or persons. Absolute privilege is an immunity from lawsuit, usually a lawsuit for defamation, even if the action is wrong, malicious, or done with an improper motive.

Absolute privilege is most often expressed for legislators.

Absolute privilege should not be confused with qualified privilege, which grants the same immunity from prosecution for defamation, but only in the absence of malice.

Also Known As: Legislative Privilege
Examples:
An example of absolute privilege is the ability of legislators for actions and statements made during debates and in the course of their legislative work, without fear of being sued for defamation.

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