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SECRET. That which is not to be revealed.
     2. Attorneys and counsellors, who have been trusted professionally with the secrets of their clients, are not allowed to reveal them in a court of justice. The right of secrecy belongs to the client, and not to the attorney and counsellor.
     3. As to the matter communicated, it extends to all cases where the client applies for professional advice or assistance; and it does not appear that the protection is qualified by any reference to proceedings pending or in contemplation. Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 600; 1 Milne & K. 104; 3 Sim. R. 467.
     3. Documents confided professionally to the counsel cannot be demanded, unless indeed the party would himself be bound to produce them. Hare on Discov. 171. Grand jurors are sworn the commonwealth's secrets, their fellows and their own to keep. Vide Confidential communications; Witness.

SECRET, rights. A knowledge of something which is unknown to others, out of which a profit may be made; for example, an invention of a machine, or the discovery of the effect of the combination of certain matters.
     2. Instances have occurred of secrets of that kind being kept for many years, but they are liable to constant detection. As such secrets are not property, the possessors of them in general prefer making them public, and securing the exclusive right for years, under the patent laws, to keeping them in an insecure manner, without them. See Phil. on Pat. ch. 15; Gods. on Pat. 171; Dav. Pat. Cas. 429; 8 Ves. 215; 2 Ves. & B. 218; 2 Mer. 446; 3 Mer. 157; 1 Jac. & W. 394; 1 Pick. 443; 4 Mason, 15; 3 B. & P. 630.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Some of us are wondering whether whether like Davros in Doctor Who you have secretly had some kind of feeding and filtration system fitted into the chair itself" - Chris Bryant, shadow leader of the Commons, praises Speaker John Bercow for his stamina during the Syria debate.
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Geraint Walters, prosecuting, told the jury she was secretly recorded trying to buy the illicit drugs from a colleague.
The research reveals that more than four out of 10 (42 per cent) have read their partner's emails without their knowledge, almost three times as many as those who have secretly read a diary.
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In an explosive storyline, Phil (Steve McFadden) holds Ian's head over a birthday cake with burnin candles after finding that his son Ben has secretly returne to Walford with half-brother Ian (Adam Woodyatt).
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A BRITISH hypnotist charged with having sex with several patients and secretly videotaping the encounters has reached a plea deal that will send him to prison for 90 days.
And Abi, 27, says to the camera that she and Leslie had secretly filmed another lesbian encounter WITHOUT the other woman knowing.