• WordNet 3.6
    • n privacy the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others
    • n privacy the condition of being concealed or hidden
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Privacy A place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement. "Her sacred privacies all open lie."
    • Privacy A private matter; a secret.
    • Privacy Concealment of what is said or done.
    • Privacy See Privity, 2.
    • Privacy The state of being in retirement from the company or observation of others; seclusion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n privacy A state of being private, or in retirement from the company or from the knowledge or observation of others; seclusion.
    • n privacy A place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement.
    • n privacy Joint knowledge; privity. See privity.
    • n privacy Taciturnity.
    • n privacy Secrecy; concealment of what is said or done.
    • n privacy A private or personal matter, circumstance, or relation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Privacy prī′va-si or priv′- state of being private or retired from company or observation: a place of seclusion: retreat: retirement: secrecy.
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”
  • Robert Browning
    “I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The pretentiously -- named ensuite bathroom is a major factor in divorce. Privacy is paramount in marriage.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.”
  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando
    “Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Private


In literature:

The nuns lived in great privacy, but in a luxury before unequalled in that part of the country.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
Was it impossible, then, in this horrible whispering gallery of London, to have any privacy of the soul?
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
The rites to be performed require privacy; adieu, then, here must I pass the night alone.
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
It was indeed a rash individual who trespassed upon the privacy of that consecration, and dared to rally the Adjutant on the subject of marriage.
"The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men"" by Minnie L. Carpenter
A lone disciple, occupying the ground floor, guarded his master's privacy.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
She had seen something, and what she had seen was enough to surprise any girl in the privacy of her bedroom.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
I dare swear that was a wish often on the Swan's lips in the privacy of his domestic life!
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Your privacy will never be disturbed.
"Eugene Aram, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
And Jasper Losely is not the man to intrude himself on the privacy of a sick chamber.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But, for that dealing, privacy was absolutely essential.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole

In poetry:

He has an angry wrenlike vigilance,
a greyhound's gentle tautness;
he seems to wince at pleasure,
and suffocate for privacy.
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell
Thirsting for
the hierarchic privacy
of Queen Victoria's century
she buys up all
the eyesores facing her shore,
and lets them fall.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell
and some, maybe, are heartless, but who is not
vulnerable, easy to scare,
and jealous of his privacy? (I am glad
the blackbird, for instance, cannot
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
Not all, indeed; for who but yearns
To call some kindred heart his own?
Some friend to whom he fondly turns,
And with whom he is still alone,
Since each, while absolutely free,
Respects the other's privacy.
"My Bores" by John Lawson Stoddard
Not one word or deed—not venereal sore, discoloration, privacy of
the onanist, putridity of gluttons or rum-drinkers, peculation,
cunning, betrayal, murder, seduction, prostitution, but has
results beyond death, as really as before death.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Jeremiah Caleb Marg, 29, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty Nov 19, 2012 in Ramsey County District Court to intentional interference with privacy for audio-recording a couple in their hotel room having sex.
Why 'Privacy By Design' Is The New Corporate Hotness .
Ann Cavoukian, 'Privacy by Design' Diva.
Linux provides privacy in a flash .
Think Google privacy policy isn't private enough.
A new, streamlined privacy policy goes into effect Thursday on all Google websites.
"It already feels like I've lost a piece of privacy living in an apartment," says Iris Dias, a public-relations professional.
Electronic Health Records: A Boon or Privacy Nightmare.
Knowing who donated how much to what campaign, no matter the amount, is a violation of privacy.
Google's new, unified privacy policy goes into effect at 12:01 am March 1 - whatever your time zone.
European regulators say Facebook privacy policy conflicts with law.
As the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Turns 25, It Gets a Birthday Spanking.
Groundbreaking website features advanced capabilities—boosts privacy and provides ease of use.
Biometrics in schools raises privacy questions.
The Supreme Court ruling sidesteps the issue of whether there is a right to informational privacy.

In science:

The trend in the prior literature has been to propose specific perturbation techniques, which are then analyzed for their privacy and accuracy properties.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
However, our investigation shows that the tradeoff is very attractive in that the privacy increase is substantial whereas the accuracy reduction is only marginal.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
Hence minimum condition number for the symmetric perturbation matrices under privacy constraints represented by γ is γ+n−1 γ−1 .
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
To choose K , we varied K from 0 to M , and for each K , ρ was chosen such that the matrix (Equation 12) satisfies the privacy constraints (Equation 2).
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
In this paper we propose a strategy for administering a survey that is mindful of sensitive data and individual privacy.
Negative Surveys