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1. Ownership - control.

Owned or controlled by an individual or a limited group only.

For example, a private company.

2. Services - information - offering.

Relating to a service, information or offering restricted to a limited group (rather than the public generally).

For example, a private placement.

3. Law.

Relating to individuals, companies or other legal entities that are non-governmental.

For example, private international law (contrasted with public international law).

4. Legislation.

Originating with an individual member of the legislature, or a non-government group.

As opposed to the government.

For example, a Private Bill (contrasted with a Public Bill).

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