Private

Definition of Private

Pri´vate   Pronunciation: prī´vãt
a.1.Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.
2.Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.
Reason . . . then retires
Into her private cell when nature rests.
- Milton.
3.Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.
A private person may arrest a felon.
- Blackstone.
4.Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
5.Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
Private act
a statute exclusively for the settlement of private and personal interests, of which courts do not take judicial notice; - opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community. In the United States Congress, similar private acts are referred to as private law and a general law as a public law.
Private nuisance
See Nuisance.
Private soldier
See Private, n., 5.
Private way
a right of private passage over another man's ground; also, a road on private land, contrasted with public road, which is on a public right of way.
- Kent.
n.1.A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
2.Personal interest; particular business.
Nor must I be unmindful of my private.
- B. Jonson.
3.Privacy; retirement.
4.One not invested with a public office.
What have kings, that privates have not too?
- Shak.
5.(Mil.) A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
6.The private parts; the genitals.
In private
secretly; not openly or publicly.

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