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[priv-i-tee] /ˈprɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural privities.
1.
private or secret knowledge.
2.
participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent.
3.
Law. the relation between privies.
4.
Obsolete, privacy.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English privete, privite < Old French. See privy, -ity
Related forms
nonprivity, noun, plural nonprivities.
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British Dictionary definitions for privities'

privity

/ˈprɪvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a legally recognized relationship existing between two parties, such as that between lessor and lessee and between the parties to a contract privity of estate, privity of contract
2.
secret knowledge that is shared
Word Origin
C13: from Old French priveté
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Word Origin and History for privities'

privity

n.

early 13c., from Old French privité, priveté "privacy; a secret, private matter" (c.1200), from prive "private," from Latin privus (see private (adj.)).

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