Definition - adj 1 a :
intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person or group or class of persons :
not available to the public <a ~ park> b :
not related to, controlled by, or deriving from the state <a ~ school> 2 a :
owned by or concerning an individual person or entity <~ land> b :
not having shares that can be freely traded on the open market <a ~ company> 3 :
affecting the interests of a particular person, class or group of persons, or locality <~ legislation> <~ rights> 4 a :
not invested with or engaged in public office or employment <a ~ citizen> b :
not related to or dependent on an official position <~ correspondence> 5 :
not known publicly or carried on in public
intended only for the persons involved 6 :
made under private signature <a ~ instrument>
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