privacy

noun pri·va·cy \ ˈprī-və-sē , especially British ˈpri- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of privacy

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

Examples of privacy in a Sentence

  1. She went upstairs for some privacy.

  2. Celebrities have a right to privacy.

Recent Examples of privacy from the Web

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First Known Use of privacy

15th century



PRIVACY Defined for English Language Learners

privacy

noun

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

privacy

noun pri·va·cy \ ˈprī-və-sē \

Definition of privacy for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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


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