private detective

a detective who is not a member of an official force but is employed by private parties.

1865–70 Unabridged
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private detective
Also called: private investigator an individual privately employed to investigate a crime, keep watch on a suspected person, or make other inquiries

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Example sentences
Knowing this might require some professional help, she seeks out the jaded private detective who lives in her building.
The graphic novel is a good action-packed private detective story all on its own.
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