Public and Private


Public adjective - Not known by only a select few.
Usage example: the mayor's indiscretions have been public knowledge for some time

Private is an antonym for public in topics: open, known, community.


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

Public is an antonym for private in topics: exclusive, secret, personal, hidden.

How words are described

female female public female private
actual actual public actual private
panicked panicked public panicked private
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