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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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Last week we looked at Private Sales Sites, but we didn't really finish that subject.
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Based on the success of the event, Morgan is already planning another promotion for this fall using the private sale format, with the goal of conducting two big events every year.
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The Clearwater piano store sponsored a private sale day for WUSF members in November, offering discounted prices on a wide variety of Steinway pianos.
Consumers need to use the same caution as they would for any private sale and watch out for bargains that seem too good to be true, as they probably are.
Food equipment auctioneers Clarke-Fussells reported brisk bidding at the private sale of equipment following the liquidation of H & H Chilled near Stourbridge in the West Midlands.
Some works from the collection will be released for private sale at that time.
The agreement provides that, if there is a default on the note, A might elect, subject to state law Y, to foreclose on the pledged stock by causing it to be sold at a public or private sale at a price that A might determine.
The computer group Bull has announced the sale of all of its 5.6% stake (representing 902,516 shares) in the computer services company Steria to institutional investors through a private sale undertaken jointly by Natexis Capital and Cr?dit Industriel et Commercial (CIC).

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