pri·​va·​cy | \ ˈprī-və-sē How to pronounce privacy (audio) , especially British ˈpri- \
plural privacies

Definition of privacy

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

Examples of privacy in a Sentence

She went upstairs for some privacy. Celebrities have a right to privacy.
Recent Examples on the Web The motion says that, because The Post already reported Gloss’s name in connection with the case, the pseudonym does not effectively protect his privacy. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 The Daily Beast spoke to the former girlfriend, who asked that her name not be used out of concerns for her privacy. Bill Barrow, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2022 Building managers in Argentina live on the grounds, with families trusting them with their keys, secrets, to uphold their privacy. Holly Jones, Variety, 3 Oct. 2022 The young victims and their families have struggled to keep their privacy during the long-running criminal case, mostly observing court proceedings remotely. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 29 Sep. 2022 Tap or click here for my list of search engines that better protect your privacy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 In March 1994, Lionel was sued by the families of two of Jeffrey's victims for invading their privacy by including them in his book. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 27 Sep. 2022 The couple is still very sensitive about her privacy, as more and more celebrities have been about their children. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 25 Sep. 2022 According to Zillow, the property’s current owners have found maintaining their privacy a challenge following the success of the series. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of privacy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pri·​va·​cy | \ ˈprī-və-sē How to pronounce privacy (audio) \

Kids Definition of privacy

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.



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

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