Definition of privity in English:


nounPlural privities

  • A relation between two parties that is recognized by law, such as that of blood, lease, or service.

    ‘the parties no longer have privity with each other’
    • ‘Moreover, it is unfair to ask the defendant to take into account the commercial expectations of people with whom he or she is not in privity.’
    • ‘Under the doctrine of privity, a contract creates rights and responsibilities for the parties to the contract, but for no-one else.’
    • ‘There is no problem with privity here: the vital question is instead whether collective bargains are intended to have legal effect.’
    • ‘Immediate parties are those who, in addition to the privity created by the bill, have a direct legal relationship with each other.’
    • ‘The definition of owner includes any person having an interest in the premises at whose request and with whose privity or consent an improvement is made to the premises.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘secrecy, intimacy’): from Old French privete, from medieval Latin privitas, from Latin privus ‘private’.