privacy

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noun pri·va·cy \ˈprī-və-sē, especially British ˈpri-\

Definition of privacy

plural

privacies

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being apart from company or observation :  seclusionb :  freedom from unauthorized intrusion one's right to privacy

  2. 2 archaic :  a place of seclusion

  3. 3a :  secrecyb :  a private matter :  secret

Examples of privacy in a Sentence

  1. She went upstairs for some privacy.

  2. Celebrities have a right to privacy.

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First Known Use of privacy

15th century



PRIVACY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of privacy for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being alone : the state of being away from other people

  • : the state of being away from public attention


PRIVACY Defined for Kids

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noun pri·va·cy \ˈprī-və-sē\

Definition of privacy for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being out of the sight and hearing of other people I went to my room for some privacy.

  2. 2 :  freedom from intrusion My parents respect my privacy.


Law Dictionary

privacy

noun pri·va·cy

Legal Definition of privacy

  1. :  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 3b, right of privacy, Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade



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