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Individual vs. Private

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Individualnoun

A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

‘He is an unusual individual.’;

Privateadjective

Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.

‘Her address is private; you can't have it.’; ‘private papers’;

Individualnoun

(legal) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.

Privateadjective

Not accessible by the public.

‘private property’;

Individualnoun

An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.

Privateadjective

Not in governmental office or employment.

‘He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.’;

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Individualnoun

(statistics) An element belonging to a population.

Privateadjective

Not publicly known; not open; secret.

‘The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.’;

Individualadjective

Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.

‘As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one.’;

Privateadjective

Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

‘Can we go somewhere more private?’;

Individualadjective

Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.

‘individual personal pension; individual cream cakes’;

Privateadjective

Not traded by the public.

‘private corporation’;

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Individualadjective

Not divisible without losing its identity.

Privateadjective

Secretive; reserved.

‘He is a very private person.’;

Individualadjective

Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city.

‘Mind has a being of its own, distinct from that of all other things, and is pure, unmingled, individual substance.’; ‘United as one individual soul.’;

Privateadjective

Not shared with another patient.

Individualadjective

Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities.

Privatenoun

A soldier of the lowest rank in the army.

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Individualnoun

A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person.

‘An object which is in the strict and primary sense one, and can not be logically divided, is called an individual.’; ‘That individuals die, his will ordains.’;

Privatenoun

The genitals.

Individualnoun

An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal.

Privatenoun

(obsolete) A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.

Individualnoun

a human being;

‘there was too much for one person to do’;

Privatenoun

(obsolete) Personal interest; particular business.

Individualnoun

a single organism

Privatenoun

(obsolete) Privacy; retirement.

Individualadjective

being or characteristic of a single thing or person;

‘individual drops of rain’; ‘please mark the individual pages’; ‘they went their individual ways’;

Privatenoun

(obsolete) One not invested with a public office.

Individualadjective

separate and distinct from others of the same kind;

‘mark the individual pages’; ‘on a case-by-case basis’;

Privatenoun

A private lesson.

‘If you want to learn ballet, consider taking privates.’;

Individualadjective

characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;

‘an individual serving’; ‘separate rooms’; ‘single occupancy’; ‘a single bed’;

Privateadjective

Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.

Individualadjective

concerning one person exclusively;

‘we all have individual cars’; ‘each room has a private bath’;

Privateadjective

Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.

‘Reason . . . then retiresInto her private cell when nature rests.’;

Individualadjective

single; separate

‘individual tiny flowers’;

Privateadjective

Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.

‘A private person may arrest a felon.’;

Individualadjective

of or for a particular person

‘the individual needs of the children’;

Privateadjective

Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.

Individualadjective

designed for use by one person

‘a casserole served in individual portions’;

Privateadjective

Having secret or private knowledge; privy.

Individualadjective

characteristic of a particular person or thing

‘she was surprised at how individual the others' bodies were’;

Privatenoun

A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.

Individualadjective

having a striking or unusual character; original

‘she creates her own, highly individual landscapes’;

Privatenoun

Personal interest; particular business.

‘Nor must I be unmindful of my private.’;

Individualnoun

a single human being as distinct from a group

‘boat trips for parties and individuals’;

Privatenoun

Privacy; retirement.

Individualnoun

a single member of a class

‘they live in a group or as individuals, depending on the species’;

Privatenoun

One not invested with a public office.

‘What have kings, that privates have not too?’;

Individualnoun

a person of a specified kind

‘the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met’;

Privatenoun

A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.

Individualnoun

a distinctive or original person.

Privatenoun

The private parts; the genitals.

Individual

An individual is that which exists as a distinct entity. Individuality (or self-hood) is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly (in the case of humans) of being a person unique from other people and possessing one's own needs or goals, rights and responsibilities.

Privatenoun

an enlisted man of the lowest rank;

‘our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value’;

Privateadjective

confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy;

‘a private place’; ‘private discussions’; ‘private lessons’; ‘a private club’; ‘a private secretary’; ‘private property’; ‘the former President is now a private citizen’; ‘public figures struggle to maintain a private life’;

Privateadjective

concerning things deeply private and personal;

‘private correspondence’; ‘private family matters’;

Privateadjective

concerning one person exclusively;

‘we all have individual cars’; ‘each room has a private bath’;

Privateadjective

not expressed;

‘secret (or private) thoughts’;

Privateadjective

belonging to or for the use of one particular person or group of people only

‘his private plane’; ‘all bedrooms have private facilities’;

Privateadjective

(of a conversation, activity, or gathering) involving only a particular person or group, and often dealing with matters that are not to be disclosed to others

‘this is a private conversation’; ‘a small private service in the chapel’;

Privateadjective

(of thoughts and feelings) not to be revealed to others

‘she felt awkward at intruding on private grief’;

Privateadjective

(of a person) choosing not to reveal their thoughts and feelings to others

‘he was a very private man’;

Privateadjective

(of a place) quiet and free from people who may interrupt

‘can we go somewhere a little more private?’;

Privateadjective

(especially of two people) alone and undisturbed by others

‘we can phone from the library—we'll be private in there’;

Privateadjective

(of a person) having no official or public role or position

‘the paintings were sold to a private collector’;

Privateadjective

not connected with one's work or official position

‘the ambassador visited the school in a private capacity’;

Privateadjective

(of a service or industry) provided or owned by an individual or an independent, commercial company rather than the state

‘this research was carried out by private industry’;

Privateadjective

(of education or medical treatment) conducted outside the state system and charging fees to those who make use of it

‘private education’; ‘if I could afford it I'd go private’;

Privateadjective

relating to or denoting a transaction between individuals and not involving commercial organizations

‘it was a private sale—no estate agent's commission’;

Privatenoun

the lowest rank in the army, below lance corporal or private first class.

Privatenoun

short for private parts

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