Definition of privacy in English:

privacy

noun

  • 1The state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people.

    ‘she returned to the privacy of her own home’
    • ‘How much convenience and privacy are you willing to give up in return for a given increase in security?’
    • ‘Test it by jumping up and down in the privacy of your dressing room!’
    • ‘The only drawback is the loss of privacy to the rear by the addition of some new houses.’
    • ‘Personal privacy is respected and staring is discouraged, although eye contact is not avoided.’
    • ‘The master was carried out and attended to in the privacy of his bedroom.’
    • ‘She feared the new houses on the school site would block light to her bungalow and invade her privacy.’
    • ‘It can be a traumatic experience to have the privacy of your home invaded.’
    • ‘Even in the privacy of the bedroom, we kept safely to our sides.’
    • ‘Would this be in public, or could we just practise in the privacy of our living room?’
    • ‘So, we'll leave the young lovers their peace and their privacy, for the time being at least.’
    • ‘The wall appeared completely black from the outside, allowing for a cheery atmosphere while ensuring complete privacy.’
    • ‘Of late he lived a reserved life and enjoyed the privacy of his own home.’
    • ‘This house seems ideal for a family looking for privacy or a bit of peace and quiet.’
    • ‘It took me years to get over the first burglary, and now my home and privacy have been invaded again.’
    • ‘The house is set off the road and offers plenty of seclusion and privacy for its occupants.’
    • ‘The consideration to guests, comfort and privacy is on show everywhere you look.’
    • ‘Critics have charged that the program will give the defence department the power to invade personal privacy.’
    • ‘A sheet has been hung from the ceiling to ensure complete privacy.’
    • ‘To ensure daytime privacy for back seat passengers, the rear windows are dark tinted.’
    • ‘Let this broken old man hobble off to the privacy of his own home.’
    seclusion, privateness, solitude, isolation, retirement, peace, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quietness, lack of disturbance, lack of interruption, freedom from interference
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    1. 1.1 The state of being free from public attention.
      ‘a law to restrict newspapers' freedom to invade people's privacy’
      • ‘Many argue that they could amount to an invasion of personal privacy and free choice.’
      • ‘Of course, he is entitled to hide behind the cloak of privacy and not tell the public.’
      • ‘Nurses will not have to protect patient privacy without a policy for support.’
      • ‘Weren't journalists the people who invaded the privacy of your home?’
      • ‘Your privacy can already be invaded without your consent in the way that you suggest.’
      • ‘Public exposure has left her unable to say what privacy sounds like from the inside.’
      • ‘He is and has been, no matter how much publicity he has received, dedicated to his privacy.’
      • ‘Public figures are often the first to seek privacy protection under new regulations of speech.’
      • ‘So I ask with love, that I be left in peace and privacy by people who love my records too.’
      • ‘Several examples exist where both business and government have violated consumer privacy for financial gains.’
      • ‘The irony is that until the book, Keane rarely courted publicity and was famed for valuing his privacy.’
      • ‘Their privacy should not be free from the scrutiny they seek to impose on others.’
      • ‘She is not the first celebrity to exchange her privacy for publicity.’
      • ‘The supermodel is one of many celebrities going public about their privacy rights.’
      • ‘It must have given him a view, though, on matters of privacy for public figures.’
      • ‘He said youngsters had complained that the cameras had invaded their privacy.’
      • ‘I would also ask you to respect my privacy at this point due to some public profile I have here in Europe.’
      • ‘The star of the Alfie remake has attacked the tabloid press for invading his privacy.’
      • ‘The authors wish to codify and clarify where privacy and free speech rights begin and end.’
      • ‘He had then invaded the privacy of his neighbours by secretly filming women in their homes.’

Pronunciation

privacy

/ˈpraɪvəsi//ˈprīvəsē/