third-party

adjective
third-par·​ty | \ˈthərd-ˈpär-tē \

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

b : minor party

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But the other one is, what happens to the data, third parties? Eric Johnson, Recode, "23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki says ‘one of our biggest competitors’ is fake science on sites like Goop," 20 Oct. 2018 Google Flights, Expedia, Kayak, and Priceline are all reliable search sources, and will direct you to the airline's site or a third party to book the ticket. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Find Cheap Flights," 25 Sep. 2018 Vigilant spokeswoman Mary Alice Johnson declined to identify those third parties but said some include repossession companies whose trucks are outfitted with license plate readers. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Operator of Orange County malls says it shares license plate data with local police, but not ICE," 12 July 2018 Tuesday’s lawsuit alleges that both parties ensured the settlement remained secret and violates the right of third parties, students and employees, who did not take part in negotiations and were not told about them. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame students sue school, Trump administration over birth control co-pay policy," 27 June 2018 Buying presents is about demonstrating your bond with someone, and humor that disparages a third party is one way of signaling common ground with another person. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 Apple says third parties can write apps to talk to external storage, but out of the box, this $1,899 tablet simply won’t talk to a flash drive. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 The Commerce Department posts the exemption requests online to allow third parties to offer comments — even from competitors who have an interest in seeing a rival’s request denied. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Accusations fly as firms seek to avoid Trump’s steel tariff," 31 July 2018 In some cases, Vigilant Solutions owns the cameras the third parties use. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Operator of Orange County malls says it shares license plate data with local police, but not ICE," 12 July 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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third-party

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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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