third-party

adjective
third-par·​ty | \ ˈthərd-ˈpär-tē How to pronounce third-party (audio) \

Definition of third-party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or involving a third party third-party insurance
2 : of, relating to, or being software that is created by a vendor to be compatible with the products of another vendor

third party

noun

Definition of third party (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person other than the principals a third party to a divorce proceeding insurance against injury to third parties
2a : a major political party operating over a limited period of time in addition to two other major parties in a nation or state normally characterized by a two-party system

Examples of third-party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shares held by VTB Bank will be voted by a third party. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Schumer’s Russia Sanctions Gambit," 14 Jan. 2019 They should be designed and defined by a third party. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 And it’s mobile-centric, and it’s around protecting the privacy of your data that’s being collected by a bunch of third parties. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.," 15 Oct. 2018 But the judge in the case ruled that the site was protected by the First Amendment, and the site should not be liable for the speech of third parties, Reuters reported. NBC News, "Federal authorities seize classified advertising site Backpage," 7 Apr. 2018 Facebook is hardly alone in this regard; every large tech company is collecting that data, and many sell it to all sorts of third parties. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Facebook Going to Take Silicon Valley Down With It?," 21 Mar. 2018 This one number—formulated by obscure means, by largely unaccountable organizations, then used as a gating mechanism by a profusion of third parties, mostly in secret—has become what it was never meant to be: a general proxy for trustworthiness. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, "China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious," 14 Feb. 2018 Practitioners should also exercise extreme caution before sharing personal health information with commercial third parties. Anne M. Murphy, Laura B. Angelini, STAT, "Criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA: an emerging threat to health care professionals," 2 July 2018 The bill would let consumers ask companies such as Google and Facebook what personal data has been collected, why it was collected and what categories of third parties have received it. Sophia Bollag, USA TODAY, "California to vote on sweeping Internet privacy bill," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of third-party

Adjective

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of third-party was in 1641

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third-party

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of third-party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

law : of, relating to, or involving insurance that pays money to someone who is harmed by your actions

third party

noun

English Language Learners Definition of third party (Entry 2 of 2)

law : someone who is not one of the two main people involved in a legal agreement but who is still affected by it in some way

third party

Legal Definition of third party

see party sense 1a, b

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