There are some common cases where a private constructor can be useful:
In these cases, the lack of an accessbile constructor says to the caller: "There are no use cases for this class where you need to build an object. You can only use static items. I am preventing you from even trying to build an object of this class." See class for constants for an illustration.
If the programmer does not provide a constructor for a class, then the system will always provide a default, public no-argument constructor. To disable this default constructor, simply add a private no-argument constructor to the class. This private constructor may be empty. Somewhat paradoxically, creation of objects by the caller is in effect disabled by the addition of this private no-argument constructor.
In the case of a singleton, the policy is that only one object of that class is supposed to exist. Creation of multiple objects of that class is forbidden.
In the case of JDK 1.4 type-safe enumerations, more than one object can be created, but again, there
is a limitation. Only a specific set of objects is permitted, one for each element of the enumeration.
(For JDK 1.5 enums, the creation of such objects is done implicitly by the Java language, not explicitly by the