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


(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


(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.


(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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It is proven by the more than 30 billion PLN yearly spent on treatment from their own private means.
Complementary public funds could be raised to support investments in sectors that could not be adequately financed by private means.
The global health-care crisis will inevitably extend to China, where approximately 80% lack medical care: "For the nearly 80% of Chinese without insurance or the private means to pay, doctors won't see them and hospitals won't admit them, regardless of how sick or injured they are," Shapiro writes.
Strangelove" romance is spiced with mordant humor that mercilessly nails the oblivious arrogance of American government (on privatization: "Because private means free"; on space colonization: "Deny others the use of space.
Seen-but-private is only a contradiction if we think that private means "unseen.
But only a fool can continue to believe that private investors will act much differently -- especially when, as with Zell, the deal to take Tribune private means loading on $13 billion in debt, or 10 times the Chicago media giant's revenues last year.
He discusses private property, but not private means of production, the virtue of enterprise and the creation of wealth.
Poor urban women are terrorized by the Catch-22 situation of being expected to maintain strict standards of modesty while lacking access to any private means of hygiene," Davis writes.
Once a religious institution comes to be favored for grants," Sirico continued, "they can relax in their efforts to raise funds through private means.
Bolton examines how the army came about in the first place, and how it was maintained by private means (a topic even now carefully avoided), the equipment private soldiers had, how they related to officers, what they did in camp (work and play), and how they got from place to place.
I don't think them going private means that they are on the way out," said one vendor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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