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private adj

1 a : intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person or group or class of persons
: not available to the public [a park]
b : not related to, controlled by, or deriving from the state [a school]
2 a : owned by or concerning an individual person or entity [ land]
b : not having shares that can be freely traded on the open market [a company]
3 : affecting the interests of a particular person, class or group of persons, or locality [ legislation] [ rights]
4 a : not invested with or engaged in public office or employment [a citizen]
b : not related to or dependent on an official position [ correspondence]
5 : not known publicly or carried on in public
: intended only for the persons involved
6 : made under private signature [a instrument]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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