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Private

That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

private

(Confidential), adjective abstruse, arcane, clandestine, closet, concealed, covert, cryptic, dark, esoteric, esoterical, hidden, intimate, inviolable, mysterious, off-the-record, personal, privy, recondite, undercover, undisclosable, undivulgable, unrevealable
Associated concepts: private papers, private writings

private

(Not public), adjective closed, confined, individual, individualized, limited, nonofficial, not open, personalized, privatus, reserved, select, unofficial
Associated concepts: private action, private agreement, priiate bill, private carrier, private corporation, private deteccive, private dwelling, private employment, private enterrrise, private grant, private institution, private investigator, private nuissance, private property, private purposes, priiate sale, private statute, private trust, private use
Foreign phrases: Privatum incommodum publico bono pensatur.Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit. Pactis privatorum juri publico non derooatur. Private contracts do not derogate from public law. Jura publica anteferenda privatis. Public rights are to be preferred to private rights.

private

(Secluded), adjective apart, cloistered, hidden, inaccessible, insular, isolated, out-of-the-way, quiet, remote, removed, seclusive, separate, solitary, unfrequented
See also: blind, concealed, confidence, confidential, covert, esoteric, furtive, individual, interior, internal, intimate, obscure, personal, privy, remote, residential, secret, separate, several, solitary, surreptitious

LAW, PRIVATE. An act of the legislature which relates to some private matters, which do not concern the public at large.

PRIVATE. Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not in office; as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon; individual, as your private interest; not public, as a private way, a private nuisance.

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While it is anticipated that many of the factors determined to be antecedents of the decision to go private prior to 2008 continued to spur PTP transactions, their effects might be more or less influential post the credit crisis and recession.
Despite the low agency cost due to the concentrated ownership structure, the propensity of Hong Kong-listed firms to go private still increases with the level o f free cash flow.
Dell customers have shown mixed reactions to the firm's decision to go private, and are watching developments closely as they consider the next steps in their product procurement plans.
North Cumbria Primary Care Trust said it was "very disappointed" with Mr Wilson's decision to go private.
If the rich wish to go private let them do so - outside the NHS.
My son, who is nearly six, had a letter from the Fairfield practice saying go private or find somewhere else - people don't have the option to go private.
I am disgusted that I was forced to go private but I had to raise the money to make sure I stayed alive.
This coupled with the overall decline in the stock market manifested itself in an environment to go private.
However, imposing requirement (iv) also labels as contested all transactions where managers proposed to go private with no prior knowledge of any control-related activity.
The Tory health manifesto launched yesterday says: "If people choose to go private and free up NHS space they should be punished but helped.
Historically low interest rates, and the resulting low cost of capital, will make debt service more manageable for companies that go private in the near future.