- private or secret knowledge.
- participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent.
- Law. the relation between privies.
- Obsolete. privacy.
Origin of privity
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Examples from the Web for privity
The technical expression for the rule was that they were annexed to the estate in privity.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Even then, these opportunities were secured by my artifice, without her privity.Confession
W. Gilmore Simms
"Si," replied the stranger in Italian, with an air of privity.The Works of Honor de Balzac
Honor de Balzac
Their Bond, if at all signed, must be signed without his privity.The French Revolution
This he likewise did with the privity and approbation of the American government.Astoria
- a legally recognized relationship existing between two parties, such as that between lessor and lessee and between the parties to a contractprivity of estate; privity of contract
- secret knowledge that is shared
C13: from Old French priveté
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Word Origin and History for privity
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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