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Private vs. Discreet

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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’;

Discreetadjective

Respectful of privacy or secrecy; exercising caution in order to avoid causing embarrassment; quiet; diplomatic.

‘With a discreet gesture, she reminded him to mind his manners.’; ‘John just doesn't understand that laughing at Mary all day is not very discreet.’;

Privateadjective

Not accessible by the public.

‘private property’;

Discreetadjective

Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.

Privateadjective

Not in governmental office or employment.

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

Discreetadjective

Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious.

‘It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to society.’; ‘Satire 's my weapon, but I 'm too discreetTo run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.’; ‘The sea is silent, the sea is discreet.’;

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Privateadjective

Not publicly known; not open; secret.

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

Discreetadjective

Differing; distinct.

Privateadjective

Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

‘Can we go somewhere more private?’;

Discreetadjective

marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint;

‘his trusted discreet aide’; ‘a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace’;

Privateadjective

Not traded by the public.

‘private corporation’;

Discreetadjective

unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic;

‘a discerning editor’; ‘a discreet silence’;

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Privateadjective

Secretive; reserved.

‘He is a very private person.’;

Discreetadjective

heedful of potential consequences;

‘circumspect actions’; ‘physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use’; ‘a discreet investor’;

Privateadjective

Not shared with another patient.

Privatenoun

A soldier of the lowest rank in the army.

Privatenoun

The genitals.

Privatenoun

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

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Privatenoun

(obsolete) Personal interest; particular business.

Privatenoun

(obsolete) Privacy; retirement.

Privatenoun

(obsolete) One not invested with a public office.

Privatenoun

A private lesson.

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

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.

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.’;

Privateadjective

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

‘A private person may arrest a felon.’;

Privateadjective

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

Privateadjective

Having secret or private knowledge; privy.

Privatenoun

A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.

Privatenoun

Personal interest; particular business.

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

Privatenoun

Privacy; retirement.

Privatenoun

One not invested with a public office.

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

Privatenoun

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

Privatenoun

The private parts; the genitals.

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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