- a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships of private individuals.Compare public law(def 2).
- a statute affecting only one person or a small number of persons directly.
Origin of private law
First recorded in 1765–75
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- the branch of law that deals with the rights and duties of private individuals and the relations between themCompare public law
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