Private detective and Private investigator

Private detective

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Private detective noun – A person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons.
Usage example: when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective

Private investigator is a synonym for private detective in detective topic. In some cases you can use "Private investigator" instead a noun phrase "Private detective".
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Private investigator

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Private investigator noun – A person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons.
Usage example: the retired policeman decided to become a private investigator

Private detective is a synonym for private investigator in detective topic. You can use "Private detective" instead a noun phrase "Private investigator". popular alternative
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