confidentiality

1. (noun) The quality of being confidential or held in secrecy.

2. (noun) A research protocol in which only a researcher can identify a respondent but protects their identity.

Example: Conducting face-to-face interviews but anonomizing the data.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: confidentialities
  • Confidentiality is not the same as anonymity. When no one including the researcher can identify a research participant, the participant is protected by anonymity, not confidentiality.
  • Confidentiality used in sentence: The research requirements for the class’ study of gendered violence required confidentiality.
  • A researcher (adverb) confidentially assures a participants identity will remain (adjective) confidential and that the participants have (noun) confidentialness.

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