privacy, privateness, seclusion(noun)
the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others
privacy, privateness, secrecy, concealment(noun)
the condition of being concealed or hidden
The state of being private; the state of not being seen by others.
I need my privacy, so please mind your own frigging business!
the state of being in retirement from the company or observation of others; seclusion
a place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement
concealment of what is said or done
a private matter; a secret
see Privity, 2
Origin: [See Private.]
Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share basic common themes. Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity, the wish to remain unnoticed or unidentified in the public realm. When something is private to a person, it usually means there is something within them that is considered inherently special or personally sensitive. The degree to which private information is exposed therefore depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time. Privacy partially intersects security, including for instance the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. The right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasion of privacy by the government, corporations or individuals is part of many countries' privacy laws, and in some cases, constitutions. Almost all countries have laws which in some way limit privacy; an example of this would be law concerning taxation, which normally require the sharing of information about personal income or earnings. In some countries individual privacy may conflict with freedom of speech laws and some laws may require public disclosure of information which would be considered private in other countries and cultures. Privacy may be voluntarily sacrificed, normally in exchange for perceived benefits and very often with specific dangers and losses, although this is a very strategic view of human relationships. Academics who are economists, evolutionary theorists, and research psychologists describe revealing privacy as a 'voluntary sacrifice', for instance by willing participants in sweepstakes or competitions. In the business world, a person may volunteer personal details in order to gamble on winning a prize. Personal information which is voluntarily shared but subsequently stolen or misused can lead to identity theft.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prī′va-si, or priv′-, n. state of being private or retired from company or observation: a place of seclusion: retreat: retirement: secrecy.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, 1993)
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Privacy' in Nouns Frequency: #2893
The numerical value of Privacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Privacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.
Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs.
Privacy advocates will be there to steadfastly oppose any privacy and invasive information sharing bills.
I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone.
There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
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Translations for Privacy
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- خلوة, سرية, خصوصيةArabic
- privacitat, privadesaCatalan, Valencian
- Privatsphäre, Zurückgezogenheit, RuheGerman
- vie privée, intimitéFrench
- privacy, intimitàItalian
- privacy, afzonderingDutch
- privacidade, intimidadePortuguese
- приватность, конфиденциальность, уединение, секретность, прайвесиRussian
- privatliv, avskildhetSwedish
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