noun, plural pri·va·cies for 5, 6.
Origin of privacy
Isolation and sequestration generally signify physical separation. In contrast to privacy and secrecy, which are usually sought by the individuals involved, isolation and sequestration are often imposed by others. For example, a vulnerable medical patient might be kept in isolation to protect him from acquiring an infection through contact with others, or a prisoner might be placed in isolation —that is, in solitary confinement—as punishment for an infraction. Sequestration can refer to things as well as to people, and is most often used to specify separation in technical or legal contexts: Carbon sequestration in the coal industry can potentially alleviate the problem of global warming; Sequestration of the jury she was serving on kept her away from her family for weeks; Until its leaders comply with international agreements, sequestration of that nation's overseas bank accounts will remain in effect.
One wants to keep one's secrets secret, and as well, keep many aspects of one's life private. But the ability of powerful corporations, government intelligence agencies, online stores, social media, or even individual thieves to reach and probe into our personal communications, buying habits, financial resources, circle of friends, and general lifestyle poses threats to one's privacy. Fortunately, for most people, reasonable precautions are usually enough to allow them to engage in normal activities without great worry.
Examples from the Web for privacies
The rule of laws which Science discovers encroaches upon our liberties and privacies.Progress and History|Various
He sought out a solitary place, where, being separated from the communication of man, he might enjoy the privacies of God.The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)|John Dryden
He had privacies to keep intact, aloofness that made a law to him, and these he never abused, even in a doss-house.The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
And, if we descend to the privacies of life, their habitations are more commodious, and their possessions are more secure.Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century|Samuel Johnson
Bold to desperation, the visitor skirted round the post-office and peered into the privacies beyond.From Jungle to Java|Arthur Keyser