privacy

noun
pri·​va·​cy | \ ˈprī-və-sē How to pronounce privacy (audio) , especially British ˈpri- \
plural privacies

Definition of privacy

1a : the quality or state of being apart from company or observation : seclusion
b : freedom from unauthorized intrusion one's right to privacy
2a : secrecy
b : a private matter : secret
3 archaic : a place of seclusion

Examples of privacy in a Sentence

She went upstairs for some privacy. Celebrities have a right to privacy.
Recent Examples on the Web In the span of just two months, Greitens was indicted on an invasion-of-privacy charge for that incident, as well as for having used a donor list from his veterans’ charity to solicit donations for his gubernatorial campaign. The Editors, National Review, 1 Aug. 2022 Requiring notarized affidavits attesting to the genital composition of individual elementary schoolers is a disgusting invasion of privacy and is predatory and discriminatory. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 29 July 2022 This seeking out of bio parents, in many instances, is an invasion of privacy and totally disrespects the love, sacrifice and support of the family they were raised with. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 This seeking out of bio parents, in many instances, is an invasion of privacy and totally disrespects the love, sacrifice and support of the family they were raised with. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 28 July 2022 This seeking out of bio parents, in many instances, is an invasion of privacy and totally disrespects the love, sacrifice and support of the family they were raised with. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 28 July 2022 But there is a lake packed with trout and wooded campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and plenty of privacy. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 This seeking out of bio parents, in many instances, is an invasion of privacy and totally disrespects the love, sacrifice and support of the family they were raised with. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 Mathers was banned for life from the gym and convicted of a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of privacy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Aug 2022

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“Privacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privacy. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for privacy

privacy

noun
pri·​va·​cy | \ ˈprī-və-sē How to pronounce privacy (audio) \

Kids Definition of privacy

1 : the state of being out of the sight and hearing of other people I went to my room for some privacy.
2 : freedom from intrusion My parents respect my privacy.

privacy

noun
pri·​va·​cy

Legal Definition of privacy

: freedom from unauthorized intrusion : state of being let alone and able to keep certain especially personal matters to oneself — see also expectation of privacy, invasion of privacy, privacy interest at interest sense 3b, right of privacy, Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade

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