off the record


General English

  • adjective
    (written as off-the-record)
    said privately and not to be repeated as an official statement or to have the speaker’s name published

Information & Library Science

  • phrase used to indicate that something that is said should not be recorded or made public


  • adverb unofficially or in private

Media Studies

  • adjective comments made off the record are not intended to be published or used by a journalist but only for background or further investigation, protecting the source