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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 is often quite unpredictable,' says Clarice Pecori Giraldi, Christie's head of private sales in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and India.
We have been in contact with importers in Bahrain and explained to them that we can no longer continue with private sales because we cannot guarantee that the slaughtering process will comply with OIE standards," he said.
Under the commission-free Private Sale program, DOTmed gives the seller the ability to post and manage auctions items through and easy-to-use, simplified interface so that the process is simple and can be delegated to anyone in the organization.
Private sales - sales made by individuals rather than shops or traders - are not covered by the same consumer laws.
com is currently the fastest growing and largest bilingual private sale site in the world.
HOLLYWOOD -- Twelve of the spectacular, one-of-a-kind costumes actually worn by the stars in the upcoming Sony Pictures' musical Burlesque will be available for purchase in an online private sale special event starting November 21 exclusively on SeenOn.
The popularity of private sale sites have been on the rise for designer clothing and accessories.
The number of marketing e-mails I receive every day from online retailers is overwhelming, and much of it is for merchandise that I would never buy," said Eugene Boccia, an online private sale shopper.
The company will continue to operate "real world" private sale events and already has several planned around upcoming fashion and awards shows including LA Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival and the MTV Music Awards.
com, the first online private sale website exclusively dedicated to luxury goods and accessories combined with the high-touch concierge services demanded by discerning consumers.
com, a leader in the private sale space, and SmartBargains.
A better For-Sale-By-Owner company, Private Sale Partners, explains

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