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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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As a clinician, my appreciation goes to Pearson for extending the JMHC's scholarly focus to private practitioners.
When choosing a private practitioner for services, give heed to word-of-mouth referrals and reputation, assess a particular practitioner's expertise, and determine the feasibility of using a particular practitioner due to geographical location.
Written by psychiatrist and former American Psychological Association president Lawrence Hartmann, a private practitioner in Cambridge, Mass.
We have now as in the past years, one of the best professional insurance schemes available to the private practitioner.
Andreas, a private practitioner, writer, and trainer on personal change and communication, offers additional ideas following his Transforming Negative Self-Talk that provide more comprehensive ways to change negative self-talk, taking into account the larger context of the inner voice, the consequences of the communication, its positive intent, and other aspects of the experience.
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Founder and director of the California Implant Institute as well as a private practitioner, Al-Faraje offers a checklist of things dentists should make sure of before they begin an implantation surgery.
hospitalists are there for safety: They cover triage, labor, delivery, and postpartum care for all unassigned patients, as well as for those patients signed out to them by a private practitioner.
He was a private practitioner in Lawrence, Waltham and Boston, MA.
This is why he believes he has found a niche in the market for a small private practitioner rather than a large partnership or general accountancy service.
This shows "the persistence of high rates of episiotomy use among private practitioners, despite current evidence-based literature that supports restricted use of this procedure," Dr.

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