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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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That being the case, private practitioners who have not yet taken the plunge--and those who have, but are undecided on progressing to stage 2--must ask themselves whether the significant temporal and monetary investment is worth the trouble.
Pearson conceived and promoted the idea for this special issue not only as a contribution to the literature but also as a service to the nearly 7,000 members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the majority of whom identify as private practitioners (W.
Private practitioners frequently ask for my help on the interpretation of fetal monitor strips.
Imagine what a difference it would make if private practitioners assisted widespread in public facilities, working with their characteristic efficiency
Income can fluctuate at times and as well as that, office space, equipment, registration and professional development costs are the responsibility of the private practitioner.
It sounds technical but in fact makes for easy reading, comes from a private practitioner who also teaches courses in health psychology and case management, and is packed with personal stories and advice on Internet management and interactions.
I met Katherine, who was keen to establish her own law firm and continue her expertise in international telecoms legal work as a private practitioner upon leaving her role as general legal counsel at AT&T.
A 45-year-old woman who had suffered from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms similar to irritable bowel disease since adolescence sought a private practitioner in 1991 when she suspected medical problems from amalgam dental fillings.
Rossi noted that this marks the first time the Institute's Distinguished Service Award has been given to someone for their service as a private practitioner (as contrasted with government service).
On February 16, 2001, severe dyspnea and fever developed, and the patient was referred to the emergency room of the Asahi General Hospital by her private practitioner.
Levinson: I started in 1963 as a private practitioner in general internal medicine with patients in the nursing home; it was simply a part of my practice.
Written by psychiatrist and former American Psychological Association president Lawrence Hartmann, a private practitioner in Cambridge, Mass.

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