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private investigator

n. Abbr. PI
A person privately hired to do investigative or detective work. Also called private detective, private eye.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.private investigator - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect informationprivate investigator - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
hotel detective, house detective, house dick - a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
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