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Dictionary Definition

disclosure n : the speech act of making something evident [syn: revelation, revealing]

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From dis-+clausus, literally away+enclosed.


  • /dɪsˈkləʊʒə(r)/, American /dɪsˈkloʊʒɚ/


  1. The act of revealing something.




the act of revealing something

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Extensive Definition

Disclosure means the giving out of information, either voluntarily or to be in compliance with legal regulations or workplace rules.


  • In law:
    • The law of England and Wales, disclosure refers to a process that may form part of legal proceedings, whereby parties inform ("disclose") to other parties the existence of any relevant documents that are, or have been, in their control. This compares with the process known as discovery in the course of legal proceedings in the United States.
    • In U.S. civil procedure (litigation rules for civil cases), disclosure is a stage prior to trial. In civil cases, each party must disclose to the opposing party the following: names of witnesses which it may use to support its side, copies of documents (or mere description of these documents) in its control which it may use to support its side, computation of damages claimed, and certain insurance information. Disclosure is related to, but technically prior to, the discovery stage.
    • In Company law (known as "corporate law" in the United States), disclosure refers to giving out information about public or limited companies or their officers, which might be kept secret if the company was a private company or a partnership.
  • In real property transactions, disclosure refers to providing to a buyer information known to the seller or broker/agent concerning the condition or other aspects of real property that would affect the property's value or desirability. These rules regarding what information must be disclosed, and whether the information must be disclosed even if a buyer does not ask, vary from one jurisdiction to the next.
  • To individuals with disabilities, disclosure refers to informing others as to one's disability. This is typically done in a school or work environment and is needed to request accommodations.

Arts and media

disclosure in Japanese: ディスクロージャー
disclosure in Russian: Раскрытие информации

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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