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PRI'VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company's books.2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.4. Not publicly known; not open; as a private negotiation.5. Not invested with public office or employment; as a private man or citizen; private lift. A private person may arrest a felon.6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as private interest.
Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public.
A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.
A private nuance or wrong, is one which affects an individual.
In private, secretly; not openly or publicly.
PRI'VATE, n. A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.]1. A common soldier.
PRIVATEE'R, n. [from private.] A ship or vessel of war owned and equipped by a private man or by individuals, at their own expense, to seize or plunder the ships of an enemy in war. Such a ship must be licensed or commissioned by government, or it is a pirate.
PRIVATEE'R, v.i. To cruise in a commissioned private ship against an enemy, for seizing their ships or annoying their commerce.
PRI'VATELY, adv. In a secret manner; not openly or publicly.1. In a manner affecting an individual or company. He is not privately benefited.
PRI'VATENESS, n. Secrecy; privacy.1. Retirement; seclusion from company or society.2. The state of an individual in the rank of common citizens, or not invested with office.
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