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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 one of the inherent advantages to the Vehicle Exchange Program at Chevrolet of Naperville over that of a private sale, it require next to no effort on the part of the customer/vehicle owner.
The RTA Licensing Agency has introduced a new Online Vehicle Sales service for use by motor dealers and vehicle auction companies who process the private sale of used vehicles.
After closing the private sale, the Company owns approximately 7.
In October, the government banned the private sale of imported goods--a measure that potentially affects 20,000 small businesses and their employees who sell clothing, hardware and other goods brought in informally by travelers, some of whom visit Cuba regularly carrying merchandise from the United States, Spain and Latin American countries.
Ducati Motor Holding (NYSE: DMH), an Italy-based automaker, is planning to float or launch a private sale process in 2012, Dow Jones Newswires has reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.
PRIVATE sales of sheep from the Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC) feedlot in Sitra have been banned after Australia launched a review of its live animal export trade.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (LSE: RBS) (NYSE: RBS-PP) is examining a private sale of the Priory Group, owner of the celebrity rehab clinic, after shelving plans to launch an initial public offering to raise more than GBP1bn owing to turbulence in the capital markets, the Financial Times has reported.
Private Sale Customers Could Face a Bill for GBP84 Million in Double Commission Fees, as Traditional Agents Claim for Breaches of Sole Agency Contracts.
Rhondda Magistrates' Court demanded payment within six months after District Judge Richard Williams said the motor trader's eyes were 'wide open' when falsely making private sales unprotected by consumer law.
In this case, the pledge agreement does not directly return the stock to A, but allows him to sell the stock at public or private sale and to buy all (or part of) the stock at that sale.
NEW YORK -- DOTmed, the leading public medical equipment marketplace, and the leader in online medical equipment auctions, today announced that based on the strength of its advertising revenue it has made the move to offer commission-free private sale auctions.
10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Joss & Main, the fastest-growing private sale site for the home, will host a MODERN FAMILY event offering home furnishings and decor straight from the show's set from Sept.

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