Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Knowledge of something private or secret shared between individuals, especially with the implication of approval or consent.
  • noun Law A relation of interest or identity between parties close enough to make one party subject to a suit on a claim against the other or conferred with the same rights and obligations as the other.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Privacy; secrecy; confidence.
  • noun Private life; privacy; seclusion.
  • noun Intimate relation; intimacy.
  • noun That which is to be kept privy or private; a secret; a private matter.
  • noun Private knowledge; joint knowledge with another of a private concern, which is often supposed to imply consent or concurrence.
  • noun plural The private parts.
  • noun In law: That relation between different interests of several persons in the same lands which arises under feudal tenures.
  • noun More loosely, since the abrogation of tenure, any joint, separate, or successive interest affecting the same realty is deemed to constitute a privity between the parties in interest.
  • noun In the law of obligations, the mutual relationships between contractor and contractee, and either of them and a third person claiming under the contract, which result from the existence of the contract.
  • noun In the law of contracts and torts, the legal relation consequent on joint or common knowledge and concurrence, particularly in respect to a breach of contract, a tort, or a wrong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Privacy; secrecy; confidence.
  • noun Private knowledge; joint knowledge with another of a private concern; cognizance implying consent or concurrence.
  • noun A private matter or business; a secret.
  • noun The genitals; the privates.
  • noun (Law) A connection, or bond of union, between parties, as to some particular transaction; mutual or successive relationship to the same rights of property.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A divine mystery; something known only to God, or revealed only in holy scriptures.
  • noun obsolete A private matter, a secret.
  • noun archaic Privacy, secrecy.
  • noun archaic, in the plural The genitals.
  • noun law A relationship between parties seen as being a result of their mutual interest or participation in a given transaction, contract etc.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English privete, secrecy, privacy, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīvitās, from Latin prīvus, single, alone; see per in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman priveté, privitee et al., Old French priveté, from privé + -té.

Examples

  • Descriptiveness is redundant for an individual name; the payoff of this rather strained statutory construction is the addition of a good faith requirement, raising the question whether an individual (or someone in privity with him/her, as also allowed by the statute) can use his/her own name, not as a mark, but still in bad faith.

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  • For example, a bailbondsman who acts as a bounty hunter vis a client who skipped jail is not considered a state actor and is not subject any of the provisions of constitutional criminal procedure that would otherwise apply, nor is someone working for a bounty to apprehend a criminal at large with whom the bounty hunter is not in privity, nor it the repo man (even if acting pursuant to a court order obtained in advance authorizing the seizure).

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  • Wrigley argued that the plaintiff made only conclusory allegations of damage that couldn’t support her state-law consumer protection claim, and that her claim for breach of express warranty failed because she wasn’t in privity with Wrigley and because she failed to allege a legally cognizable injury.

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  • As for privity, the court found that Florida law was a “moving target,” filled with inconsistencies, and there’s no settled rule for whether privity is required to recover economic losses for breach of express warranty.

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  • MetroPCS argued that there was no evidence that the handsets it reflashed were from people in privity with Virgin, rather than from people who’d already bought the handsets on the secondary market.

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  • Wrigley argued that the plaintiff made only conclusory allegations of damage that couldn’t support her state-law consumer protection claim, and that her claim for breach of express warranty failed because she wasn’t in privity with Wrigley and because she failed to allege a legally cognizable injury.

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  • As for privity, the court found that Florida law was a “moving target,” filled with inconsistencies, and there’s no settled rule for whether privity is required to recover economic losses for breach of express warranty.

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  • MetroPCS argued that there was no evidence that the handsets it reflashed were from people in privity with Virgin, rather than from people who’d already bought the handsets on the secondary market.

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  • The first important idea was the notion of privity, which meant that you only could sue someone who directly affected you.

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