private sector

the area of the nation's economy under private rather than governmental control.
Compare public sector.

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World English Dictionary
private sector
Compare public sector the part of a country's economy that consists of privately owned enterprises

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private sector definition

That part of an economy in which goods and services are produced by individuals and companies as opposed to the government, which controls the public sector.

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Example sentences
Private sector activity is typically small-scale workshops, farming, and
Tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector,
  with canned tuna the primary export.
Much of the innovation reshaping our world comes from the private sector.
Stakeholders from all levels of government and the private sector weigh in.
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