Privateer to Probabilist
(Pri`va*teer") n. [From Private.]
1. An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the
enemy. See Letters of marque, under Marque.
2. The commander of a privateer.
Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate.Macaulay.
(Pri`va*teer"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Privateered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Privateering.] To cruise in a
(Pri`va*teer"ing), n. Cruising in a privateer.
(Pri`va*teers"man) n.; pl. Privateersmen An officer or seaman of a privateer.
1. In a private manner; not openly; without the presence of others.
2. In a manner affecting an individual; personally; not officially; as, he is not privately benefited.
1. Seclusion from company or society; retirement; privacy; secrecy. Bacon.
2. The state of one not invested with public office.
(Pri*va"tion) n. [L. privatio: cf. F. privation. See Private.]
1. The act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation.
2. The state of being deprived or destitute of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need; as,
to undergo severe privations.
3. The condition of being absent; absence; negation.
Evil will be known by consequence, as being only a privation, or absence, of good.South.
Privation mere of light and absent day.Milton.
(Priv"a*tive) a. [L. privativus: cf. F. privatif. See Private.]
1. Causing privation; depriving.
2. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive; negative.
Privative blessings, blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty, and integrity.Jer. Taylor.
3. (Gram.) Implying privation or negation; giving a negative force to a word; as, alpha privative; privative
particles; applied to such prefixes and suffixes as a- un-, non-, -less.
1. That of which the essence is the absence of something.
Blackness and darkness are indeed but privatives.Bacon.