Privity Priv"i*ty, n.; pl. {Privities} (-t[i^]z). [From {Privy}, a.: cf. F. privaut['e] extreme familiarity.] [1913 Webster] 1. Privacy; secrecy; confidence. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

I will unto you, in privity, discover . . . my purpose. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Private knowledge; joint knowledge with another of a private concern; cognizance implying consent or concurrence. [1913 Webster]

All the doors were laid open for his departure, not without the privity of the Prince of Orange. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. A private matter or business; a secret. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. The genitals; the privates. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) A connection, or bond of union, between parties, as to some particular transaction; mutual or successive relationship to the same rights of property. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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