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.

(Pri`va*teer"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Privateered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Privateering.] To cruise in a privateer.

(Pri`va*teer"ing), n. Cruising in a privateer.

(Pri`va*teers"man) n.; pl. Privateersmen An officer or seaman of a privateer.

(Pri"vate*ly) adv.

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.

(Pri"vate*ness), n.

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. Bacon.

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.

Privation mere of light and absent day.

(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.

(Priv"a*tive), n.

1. That of which the essence is the absence of something.

Blackness and darkness are indeed but privatives.

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