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Private

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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Private Dormer was allowed to celebrate his repulse of Death by strong waters.
Private Conklin sat on a turned-down bucket, and listened to a not unfamiliar tune.
And the Hospital Orderly was so satisfied with the justice of the punishment that he did not even order Private Dormer back to his cot.
This the private managed to do, waiting until a time when he was nearest the ground and then letting himself drop upon the Scarecrow.
Private property has crushed true Individualism, and set up an Individualism that is false.
With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism.
Jesus moved in a community that allowed the accumulation of private property just as ours does, and the gospel that he preached was not that in such a community it is an advantage for a man to live on scanty, unwholesome food, to wear ragged, unwholesome clothes, to sleep in horrid, unwholesome dwellings, and a disadvantage for a man to live under healthy, pleasant, and decent conditions.
With the abolition of private property, marriage in its present form must disappear.
When private property is abolished there will be no necessity for crime, no demand for it; it will cease to exist.
And it is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologise to one in private for what they have written against one in public.
The tyranny that it proposes to exercise over people's private lives seems to me to be quite extraordinary.
"I leave to your prudence what measures you will take; and to avoid suspicion, I must immediately return in as private a manner as I came."