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wiretapping Syllabification: wire·tap·ping
Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rˌtapiNG/

Definition of wiretapping in English:


The practice of connecting a listening device to a telephone line to secretly monitor a conversation.
Example sentences
  • These tools enable the government to intercept far more information without a warrant - i.e. without probable cause - than traditional telephone wiretapping.
  • But even more controversial are sections that make subtle changes in the rules for wiretapping, surveillance, e-mail monitoring, financial investigation, and search and seizure.
  • Until the proposals to change wiretapping and surveillance laws are made more specific, it is difficult to assess how damaging to civil liberties they will be.


Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rˌtap/
noun& verb
Example sentences
  • First, when they admitted to this wiretapping, they were saying it was wiretaps for surveillance between domestics and people overseas.
  • It expands the ability of the government to spy by wiretaps and computer surveillance.
  • The key problem, say officials, was reliance on wiretaps and surveillance rather than human Intelligence - i.e. spies.
Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rˌtap/
Pronunciation: /-ˌtapər/
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