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What is a Private Investigator? (general definition, commonly known)

When you search online you will find that a freelance detective typically carries out investigations on behalf of private clients.

Synonyms for private investigator are:

  • detective
  • operative
  • enquiry agent
  • private eye
  • PI
  • sleuth
  • snoop
  • private dick
  • peeper
  • shamus
  • gumshoe
  • hawkshaw
  • sherlock
  • Pinkerton

In wikipedia we found this description: “A private investigator (often abbreviated to PI and informally called a private eye), a private detective, or inquiry agent, is a person who can be hired by individuals, groups or NGOs to undertake investigatory law services. Private investigators often work for attorneys in civil and criminal cases.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_investigator