Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday September 25, 2012
1. Participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent.
2. Private or secret knowledge.
3. Law. The relation between privies.
4. Obsolete. Privacy.
Kazbitch — at least I imagine so — thought that Azamat had robbed him of his horse, with his father's privity and consent.
-- Mikhail Y. Lermontov, A Hero of Our Own Times
But Judith had not meddled with the arrangement, and every necessary disposition was made without her privity or advice.
-- James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Tales
Privity stems from the Old French words prive meaning "private, close friend, private place."