private nuisance

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A private nuisance is a nuisance that violates a private right not common to the public or causes damage to one or a limited number of individuals. A private nuisance involves the use of one’s property in a manner that causes significant harm to another individual’s use or enjoyment of their private land.

The opposite of a private nuisance is a public nuisance.

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team