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 for private law
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Private \Pri"vate\ (?; 48), a. [L. privatus apart from the
     state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of
     privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr.
     privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward
     (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior,
     a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]
     1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person,
        company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected
        with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general;
        separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a
        private purse; private expenses or interests; a private
        secretary.
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     2. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to
        an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a
        private room or apartment; private prayer.
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              Reason . . . then retires
              Into her private cell when nature rests. --Milton.
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     3. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or
        employment; as, a private citizen; private life. --Shak.
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              A private person may arrest a felon.  --Blackstone.
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     4. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private
        negotiation; a private understanding.
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     5. Having secret or private knowledge; privy. [Obs.]
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     Private act or Private statute, a statute exclusively for
        the settlement of private and personal interests, of which
        courts do not take judicial notice; -- opposed to a
        general law, which operates on the whole community. In
        the United States Congress, similar private acts are
        referred to as private law and a general law as a
        public law.
  
     Private nuisance or wrong. See Nuisance.
  
     Private soldier. See Private, n., 5.
  
     Private way, a right of private passage over another man's
        ground; also, a road on private land, contrasted with
        public road, which is on a public right of way. --Kent.
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