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proprietary

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French propriétaire, from Latin proprietarius. Compare with the Latin proprietas (property), and proprius (ownership).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /prəˈprɑɪ.ə.teɪɹ.i/
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AdjectiveEdit

proprietary (comparative more proprietary, superlative most proprietary)

  1. Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.
  2. Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.
  3. Created or manufactured exclusively by the owner of intellectual property rights, as with a patent or trade secret.
    The continuous profitability of the company is based on its many proprietary products.
    • 1996, Michael Craig Budden, Protecting Trade Secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Practical Advice for Executives, Westport, Conn.: Quorum Books, ISBN 978-1-56720-016-4, page 20:
      It was reported that the recipes for the secret sauce and grinder sandwiches were proprietary, known only to the current president of the corporation and the former owner of the restaurant.
  4. Privately owned, as a proprietary lake.
  5. (of a person) Possessive, jealous, or territorial.

TranslationsEdit

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NounEdit

proprietary (plural proprietaries)

  1. A proprietor or owner.
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  2. A body of proprietors, taken collectively.
  3. A monk who had reserved goods and belongings to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession.