• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Privity (Law) A connection, or bond of union, between parties, as to some particular transaction; mutual or successive relationship to the same rights of property.
    • Privity A private matter or business; a secret.
    • Privity Privacy; secrecy; confidence. "I will unto you, in privity , discover . . . my purpose."
    • Privity Private knowledge; joint knowledge with another of a private concern; cognizance implying consent or concurrence. "All the doors were laid open for his departure, not without the privity of the Prince of Orange."
    • Privity The genitals; the privates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n privity Privacy; secrecy; confidence.
    • n privity Private life; privacy; seclusion.
    • n privity Intimate relation; intimacy.
    • n privity That which is to be kept privy or private; a secret; a private matter.
    • n privity Private knowledge; joint knowledge with another of a private concern, which is often supposed to imply consent or concurrence.
    • n privity plural The private parts.
    • n privity In law: That relation between different interests of several persons in the same lands which arises under feudal tenures. All the various estates, less than a fee simple absolute, were regarded as so many parts of entire title, and the persons among whom such partial interests were distributed were said to stand in privity or in privity of estate to each other. If the interests belonging to one of such persons devolved either by act of law, as in the case of his death intestate, or by act of the parties, as in the case of a conveyance, upon a third person, that person was thereby brought into privity with him and the others. In the former case he was said to be privy in law, in the latter case privy in deed, each of these being only species of privies in estate. Upon the same principle, whenever several lesser estates were carved out of a larger, as by grant of a qualified interest or life estate leaving a remainder or reversion in the grantor, the parties were termed privies.
    • n privity More loosely, since the abrogation of tenure, any joint, separate, or successive interest affecting the same realty is deemed to constitute a privity between the parties in interest. Thus, if B inherits land from A, there is privity of estate between them, and if C inherits the same land from B, the privity extends to him, so that B and C may be both bound in respect to the land by whatever bound A.
    • n privity In the law of obligations, the mutual relationships between contractor and contractee, and either of them and a third person claiming under the contract, which result from the existence of the contract. Thus, if A gives his note to B, and B separately gives his note to C, there is privity of contract between A and B, and also between B and C, but none between A and C. But if A gives his note to B, and B indorses it over to C, there is privity of contract among all.
    • n privity In the law of contracts and torts, the legal relation consequent on joint or common knowledge and concurrence, particularly in respect to a breach of contract, a tort, or a wrong.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Privity secrecy: something kept private: knowledge, shared with another, of something private or confidential: knowledge implying concurrence: relation between different interests, as, for example, in feudal tenure the interests of several persons in the same land, the mutual relationships of contractor and contractee, the relation caused by common knowledge in breaches of contract:
    • ns Privity (obs.) seclusion, intimacy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Privy (a.): cf. F. privauté, extreme familiarity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. privé—L. privatus, private.


In literature:

Say, didst thou too abet This crime, or dost abjure all privity?
"The Oedipus Trilogy" by Sophocles
WITH that came the Damosel of the Lake unto the king, and said, Sir, I must speak with you in privity.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)" by Thomas Malory
The technical expression for the rule was that they were annexed to the estate in privity.
"The Common Law" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
They stopped at a door in a poor court which they had somehow reached without Mavering's privity.
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
Loveless and malignant privity, miserable folly, and such schemes as might have been dreamed of in a mad-house!
"Margery [Gred], Complete A Tale Of Old Nuremberg" by Georg Ebers
I'll be sworn I had no privity in this black corruption.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Then anoint the privities and loins with ointment of sow-bread.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
If they were called, was it with his Highness's privity?
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
Privity, ix, 5, privacy.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Immured in shameful privity?
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston