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A close, direct, or successive relationship; having a mutual interest or right.
Privity refers to a connection or bond between parties to a particular transaction. Privity of contract is the relationship that exists between two or more parties to an agreement. Privity of estate exists between a lessor and a lessee, and privity of possession is the relationship between parties in successive possession of real property.
n. contact, connection or mutual interest between parties. The term is particularly important in the law of contracts, which requires that there be "privity" if one party to a contract can enforce the contract by a lawsuit against the other party. Thus, a tenant of a buyer of real property cannot sue the former owner (seller) of the property for failure to make repairs guaranteed by the land sales contract between seller and buyer since the tenant was not "in privity" with the seller. (See: contract)
privitynoun affiliation, attachment, connecting medium, connection, contractual bond, derivative interest, interconnection, legal relationship, link, mutual relationnhip, mutuality of interest, nexus, relation, relationship, successive relationship, tie
Associated concepts: privity of contract, privity of estate, privity of possession
See also: chain, nexus
PRIVITY. The mutual or successive relationship to the same rights of property. 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 189; 6 How. U. S. R. 60.