Common and Private


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Common adjective – Held by or applicable to a majority of the people.
Usage example: a politician who works not for the special interests but for the common good

Private is an antonym for common in topics: collective, specific, held in common.
Nearby Words: commonplace, commonly, commons, commonality, commonness
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Private adjective – Not known or meant to be known by the general populace.
Usage example: that he is planning to retire is private information until he makes a public announcement

Common is an antonym for private in topics: exclusive, public, personal.
Nearby Words: privation, privately, privacy, privative, privateer
Antonyms for Private
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How words are described

female female common female private
standard standard common standard private
single single common single private
traditional traditional common traditional private

Things that words describes

place common place private place
room common room private room
practice common practice private practice
joke common joke private joke
Other nouns: soldier.

Both words in one sentence

  • Private Eye Monologue Very common on Veronica Mars, which works, given that Veronica moonlights as a private eye.
  • Private Military Contractors aka: Private Military Contractor The most common regular police are Lone Star and Knight Errant, which are private contractor companies who employ high firepower in their protection of the urban sprawls.
  • In Babylon 5 no private interstellar ships are shown, but commercial ships are available for common people (at least middle class) in a way similar to modern commercial flights.
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