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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others.
  • n. The state of being free from unsanctioned intrusion: a person's right to privacy.
  • n. The state of being concealed; secrecy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being private; the state of not being seen by others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being in retirement from the company or observation of others; seclusion.
  • n. A place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement.
  • n. Concealment of what is said or done.
  • n. A private matter; a secret.
  • n. See Privity, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A state of being private, or in retirement from the company or from the knowledge or observation of others; seclusion.
  • n. A place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement.
  • n. Joint knowledge; privity. See privity.
  • n. Taciturnity.
  • n. Secrecy; concealment of what is said or done.
  • n. A private or personal matter, circumstance, or relation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being concealed or hidden
  • n. the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others

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