private(*args) private

With no arguments, sets the default visibility for subsequently defined methods to private. With arguments, sets the named methods to have private visibility. String arguments are converted to symbols.

module Mod
  def a()  end
  def b()  end
  def c()  end
  private :a
Mod.private_instance_methods   #=> [:a, :c]

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