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

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (confidential) adjective abstruse, arcane, arcanus, clandestine, closet, concealed, covert, cryptic, cryptical, dark, esoteric, esoterical, hidden, intimate, inviolable, mysterious, off-the-record, personal, privy, recondite, secret, undercover, undisclosable, undivulgable, unrevealable associated concepts: private papers, private writings II (not public) adjective closed, confined, exclusive, individual, individualized, limited, nonofficial, nonpublic, not open, personalized, privatus, reserved, restricted, select, unofficial associated concepts: private action, private agreement, private bill, private carrier, private corporation, private detective, private dwelling, private employment, private enterprise, private grant, private institution, private investigator, private nuissance, private property, private purposes, private sale, private statute, private trust, private use foreign phrases:
- Privatum incommodum publico bono pensatur. — Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit.
- Pactis privatorum juri publico non derogatur. — Private contracts do not derogate from public law
- jura publica anteferenda prlvatis. — Public rights are to be preferred to private rights
III (secluded) adjective apart, cloistered, hidden, inaccessible, insular, isolated, out-of-the-way, quiet, remote, removed, seclusive, separate, solitary, unfrequented IV index blind (concealed), confidence (relation of trust), confidential, covert, esoteric, furtive, interior, internal, intimate, obscure (remote), personal (individual), privy, remote (secluded), residential, secret, several (separate), solitary, surreptitious

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The opposite of public; run by an individual or group for commercial purposes, as opposed to being run by the government; holding no public office; belonging to one particular person or group of people.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

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