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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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Tis the six-and-twentieth edition, promulgated at Boston, Anno Domini 1744; and is entitled, 'The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testaments; faithfully translated into English Metre, for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints, in Public and Private, especially in New England'.
The habitual gloom of the private secretary was lightened by a grin.
He appeared to gaze at the curious crowd, in front of which stood the lieutenant-governor; and there was a frown on his dark and massive countenance, as if sternly resentful of the boldness that had impelled them into his private retirement.
They are, so to say, public poetry, the public property of the emotions, and no longer touch the private heart or stir the private imagination.
Before I proceed to give an account of my leaving this kingdom, it may be proper to inform the reader of a private intrigue which had been for two months forming against me.
Therefore he did not dare to shoulder the risk of constructing a second system of wires, and at last consented to give licenses to private companies.
This small body, shut up in a private apartment, impenetrable to the public eye, proceed to the execution of the trust committed to them.
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.
But modern bourgeois private property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriating products, that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few.
Now, as the fact of becoming a prince from a private station presupposes either ability or fortune, it is clear that one or other of these things will mitigate in some degree many difficulties.
It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institution of private property.
Bobby, the Captain of a dhoni, with Private Dormer for mate, dropped down the river on Thursday morning - the Private at the bow, the Subaltern at the helm.