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Definition: Eavesdropping

Quick Summary of Eavesdropping

to listen without the speaker’s knowledge

What is the dictionary definition of Eavesdropping?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Listening secretly to the private conversation of others.
  2. (telecoms) The interception of electronic communication.

Full Definition of Eavesdropping

Listening to conversations or observing conduct which is meant to be private, typically by using devices that amplify sound or light, such as stethoscopes or binoculars. The term comes from the common law offence of listening to private conversations by crouching under the windows or eaves of a house. Nowadays, eavesdropping includes using electronic equipment to intercept telephone or other wire communications, or radio equipment to intercept broadcast communications. Generally, the term “eavesdropping” is used when the activity is not legally authorized by a search warrant or court order; and the term “surveillance” is used when the activity is permitted by law. Compare electronic surveillance.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Eavesdropping are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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