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or pri·vat·do·zent

  1. (in German and certain other universities) a private teacher or lecturer recognized by the university but receiving no compensation from it, being remunerated by fees.
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Origin of privatdocent

1880–85; < German Privatdocent; see private, docent
Also called docent.
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Historical Examples of privatdocent

  • Late in the same year he delivered his inaugural lecture as Privatdocent in the university.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4


British Dictionary definitions for privatdocent


  1. (esp in German-speaking countries) a university lecturer who formerly received fees from his students rather than a university salary
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Word Origin for Privatdocent

German, from privat private + docent (for Dozent lecturer) from Latin docēre to teach
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