- (UK) enPR: prĭ'və-sē, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪv.ə.sɪ/, /ˈpɹaɪv.ə.sɪ/
- (US) enPR: prī'və-sē, IPA(key): /ˈpɹaɪ.və.si/
- (uncountable) The state of being secluded from the presence, sight, or knowledge of others.
- I need my privacy, so please stay out of my room.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0147:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, […]. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
- (uncountable) Freedom from unwanted or undue disturbance of one private life.
- It takes a village to rob one of a sense of privacy.
- (uncountable) Freedom from damaging publicity, public scrutiny, surveillance, and disclosure of personal information, usually by a government or a private organization.
- Privacy is assumed by many to be among common-law rights.
- (countable, obsolete) A place of seclusion.
- (obsolete, law) A relationship between parties seen as being a result of their mutual interest or participation in a given transaction, contract etc.; Privity.
- (obsolete) Secrecy.
- (countable, obsolete) A private matter; a secret.
state of being private
- privacy at OneLook Dictionary Search
- privacy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Hyphenation: pri‧va‧cy
privacy f (uncountable)