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privity

[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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  • There will be no privity of contract between the seller and the government.
  • Contractual obligations are personal in nature and privity of contract is essential for the establishment of such liability.
British Dictionary definitions for privity

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 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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