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

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In 2003, Hengyi established a state-level postdoctoral research center and became the first private enterprise to have a state-level enterprise technology center in China.
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Yes, workers want "a fair day's work for a fair day's pay", but in the modern private enterprise controlled world such a thing is increasingly rare.
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Corporate America resumed the pre 1929 celebration of private enterprise and free markets.
"The business world has the right to invest and strive according to the needs of society as long as its activities are not against law," the statement said, adding said that the freedom of private enterprises is under constitutional protection.
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At a press conference he came out in favour of continued private enterprise - provided workers' conditions improved - and of trade co-operation with racially-segregated South Africa.

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