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a. Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others: a private hideaway.
b. Designed or intended for one's exclusive use: a private room.
a. Of or confined to the individual; personal: a private joke; private opinions.
b. Undertaken on an individual basis: private studies; private research.
c. Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges: a private patient.
3. Not available for public use, control, or participation: a private club; a private party.
a. Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government: private property.
b. Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources: private funding.
c. Conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations: a private college; a private sanatorium.
d. Enrolled in or attending a private school: a private student.
5. Capitalized in shares of stock that are held by a relatively small number of owners and are not traded on the open market: a private company; a company that went private; took a company private.
6. Not holding an official or public position: a private citizen.
a. Not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret: private papers; a private communication.
b. Not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate: private behavior; a private tragedy.
c. Placing a high value on personal privacy: a private person.
a. A noncommissioned rank in the US Army or Marine Corps that is below private first class.
b. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in a military organization.
2. privates Private parts. Often used with the.
go private
To take a publicly owned company into private ownership, as by a leveraged buyout.
in private
Not in public; secretly or confidentially.

[Middle English privat, from Latin prīvātus, not in public life, past participle of prīvāre, to release, deprive, from prīvus, single, alone; see per in Indo-European roots.]

pri′vate·ly adv.
pri′vate·ness n.


the quality of being private
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.privateness - the condition of being concealed or hiddenprivateness - the condition of being concealed or hidden
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
covertness, hiddenness - the state of being covert and hidden
bosom - the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; "his bosom was bursting with the secret"
confidentiality - the state of being secret; "you must respect the confidentiality of your client's communications"
hiding - the state of being hidden; "he went into hiding"
2.privateness - the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of othersprivateness - the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others
reclusiveness - a disposition to prefer seclusion or isolation
References in classic literature ?
Nay, retire men cannot when they would, neither will they, when it were reason; but are impatient of privateness, even in age and sickness, which require the shadow; like old townsmen, that will be still sitting at their street door, though thereby they offer age to scom.
Linguistics and other scholars from Europe, Australia, Asia, and the US address the nature of social media, including aspects like participation as user involvement and audience design, and publicness and privateness.
At the same time, it illustrates the challenges to the privateness of property within condominium, and reveals the risks of a "tragedy of the commons", including noncooperative behaviour, overuse, and underinvestment.
Walden replied, "Every one of us have a privateness about our tax returns.
On self-help, the current legal landscape looks uncertain at best for that picture: when it comes to the law in the United States, case law on the privateness of self-help is a shaky foundation for the views of both Thorburn and Ripstein.
Money, value, and commodities, in this regard, operate to spread the spell of privateness, of the private ownership that serves as the basis for market society.
The 16 Personality Factors listed by Cattell3 (in the questionnaire 16 PF) are warmth, reasoning, emotional stability, dominance, liveliness, conscientious, social boldness, sensitivity, vigilance, abstractedness, privateness, apprehension, openness to change, self-reliance, perfectionism and tension.
You never knew where the next invasion of your privateness was coming from.
The 16 factors assessed are as follows: Warmth (Factor A), Reasoning (Factor B), Emotional Stability (Factor C), Dominance (Factor E), Liveliness (Factor F), Rule-consciousness (Factor G), Social boldness (Factor H), Sensitivity (Factor I), Vigilance (Factor L), Abstractedness (Factor M), Privateness (Factor N), Apprehension (Factor O), Openness to change (Factor Q1), Self-reliance (Factor Q2), Perfectionism (Factor Q3), and Tension (Factor Q4).
But the movie also suggests, or so I thought, that worship of the DOI is insufficient--its value to the public as a historical artifact isn't grave or weighty enough, so for it to be the central object of an adventure narrative, its symbolic value, its glorious liberal publicness, must be supplemented with straight economic value, a glorious liberal privateness.
It enable shoppers to run prompt privateness and safety scans, as well as permitting customers to simply take away the apps which will pose probably the most vital dangers.
Each 16 PF questionnaire tries to assess the sixteen traits namely Warmth (A)Reasoning (B)Emotional Stability (C)Dominance E)Liveliness (F)Rule-consciousness (G)Social Boldness (H)Sensitivity (I)Vigilance (L)Abstractedness (M) Privateness (N) Apprehension/Apprehensiveness (O)Openness to change (Ql)Self-reliance (Q2)Perfectionism (Q3)Tension (Q4).