on the record. 1. (Of a statement, comment, or testimony) recorded as official evidence of a
proceeding, such as a trial or deposition. 2. (Of a statement) intended for quotation or attribution. • In either sense, whenever the phrase appears before the noun it modifies, it should be hyphenated <an on-the-record statement>. Cf. OFF THE RECORD.
[Blacks Law 8th]