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noun [uncountable] privacy pronunciation in British English /ˈprɪvəsi/privacy pronunciation in British English /ˈpraɪvəsi/
  1. the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing

    Staff are entitled to a certain amount of privacy when making personal phone calls.

    personal privacy

    right to privacy:

    The prisonersright to privacy is not always respected.

    invade someone’s privacy:

    They don’t want their privacy invaded by reporters.

    in the privacy of your (own) home:

    What they do in the privacy of their own home is no concern of yours.


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