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private law

a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships of private individuals.
Compare public law (def 2).
a statute affecting only one person or a small number of persons directly.
Origin of private law
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In private law, earlier commitments generally take precedence over later ones.
  • Even so, some clients of his private law firm have benefited from his public actions.
  • If they did, they would find themselves among the elite in private law firms, earning the big dollars.
  • Today, numerous civil cases are outsourced to private law firms which costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
  • The identification code contains two elements: a database abbreviation and the public or private law number.
  • The great majority have had experience with a private law firm, a state prosecutor's office, or a public defender office.
  • Her primary emphasis in her private law practice was family law and criminal law.
  • The heading indicates the public or private law number, the date of approval, and the bill number.
British Dictionary definitions for private law

private law

the branch of law that deals with the rights and duties of private individuals and the relations between them Compare public law
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