private law


: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships compare public law

Examples of private law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chaney touted his experience building his private law office and his four terms in the Idaho House, including three years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Rachel Spacek, Idaho Statesman, 1 May 2024 Reuters Television footage showed the roof of the ornate building, a private law academy, all but destroyed after the strike. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Apr. 2024 Prior to joining the court, Timmer was a state Court of Appeals judge and worked in private law firms. The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Jennifer, 41, is an energy attorney for a private law firm. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Burke had been accused of pressing real estate developers to hire his private law firm in exchange for official favors such as lucrative tax breaks. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 The reporting on the New York lawsuit also disclosed that the climate advocacy groups advanced funds to private law firms to be used to research and prepare the climate lawsuits for the state’s attorneys to file. Ed Hirs, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The school board met to review findings from investigations by a private law firm and the county’s inspector general of how the school system handled allegations of employee misconduct. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Planned Parenthood is also a plaintiff in the Kentucky lawsuit, and both are represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and two private law firms. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 8 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of private law was in 1773

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“Private law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

private law

: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships compare public law

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