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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

privity

\PRIV-i-tee\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Privity stems from the Old French words prive meaning "private, close friend, private place."
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