Definitions for back channel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back channel(adj)

    an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government)

    "they negotiated via a back channel"

  2. back-channel(adj)

    via a back channel

    "the failure of back-channel negotiations"


  1. back channel(Noun)

    The smaller of two channels in a river that diverge to form an island

  2. back channel(Noun)

    An unofficial communications channel used to make informal or subversive negotiations

  3. back channel(Noun)

    A gesture or short prompt by which a listener invites a speaker to continue.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Authors Kornbluh and LeoGrande:

    They remain anonymous in part so they can continue effective back channel diplomacy in the future ... when and if it is needed for Washington and Havana to resolve remaining obstacles to fully normal relations.


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