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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.
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the quality of being private
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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
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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.
Admittedly, I cannot print my own mental image and make it publicly available, from which the notorious privateness of the image is supposed to originate.
Overcoming the dual liability of foreignness and privateness in international corporate citizenship partnerships.
The second is "privateness," which suggests that tutoring is offered by private vendors and individuals for profit-making purposes.
Beyond the intuitive appeal of this extreme rehomesteading case, a significant merit of the labor-mixing paradigm in establishing property rights is that the physical reality of homesteading is reflected within the conceptual framework; mixing what is private (one's labor) with what is unowned creates privateness. While there is no reason why the particulars of a property rights system must necessarily overlap with physical reality, a more direct derivation of intangible rights (property and otherwise) from the tangible world and its characteristics is less intellectually precarious than rights created outside of or in opposition to objective reality.
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. They discuss the pragmatics of social media platforms like message boards, blogs, YouTube, Twitter, and social networking sites like Facebook; social media and the rules and regularities that provide structure to its discourse, including organization, topic, cohesion, cognition, and ideology; and social media and identity, including aspects like evaluation, politeness, flaming and trolling, narration, and fandom.
Second, it alludes to the multitude of ways in which judicial review and its relation with publicness and privateness can be conceived.
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.
Multiple use technologies obviously complicate any assessment of "publicness" and "privateness" and hence detract from our ability to specify the model that best reflects alliance behavior.
Part of The Lightning Field's sublimity is its largeness and privateness; you inhabit it alone or with a maximum of five others.
Walden replied, "Every one of us have a privateness about our tax returns." May we unpack some false equivalences between Trump and "every one of us"?
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.