private law
noun Date: 1773 a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law

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  • Private law — (Civil law) is that part of a legal system that involves relationships between individuals. This includes the law of contracts or torts and the law of obligations. It is distinguished from public law, which deals with law involving the state,… …   Wikipedia

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  • private law — private .law n [U] law the part of the law relating to ordinary people, private property, and relationships …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • private law — n. that branch of the law dealing with the relationships between individuals: cf. PUBLIC LAW …   English World dictionary

  • private law — noun : a branch of law treating of private matters, involving private persons, property, and relationships, and excluding those matters treated in public law * * * ˌprivate ˈlaw f135 [private law] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • private law — noun A category of law governing the relationship among persons (citizens or legal persons including corporations), as opposed to relations between the state and persons. Major subdivisions of private law include (depending on whether the… …   Wiktionary

  • private law — pri′vate law′ n. law a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships of private individuals Compare public law 2) • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • private law — 1. a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships of private individuals. Cf. public law (def. 2). 2. a statute affecting only one person or a small number of persons directly. [1765 75] * * * …   Universalium

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