From prōprius +‎ -tās.


prōprietās f (genitive prōprietātis); third declension

  1. quality, property, peculiarity, character
  2. the legal position of an owner particularly if his property is encumbered with a usufruct
  3. (Medieval Latin) property, possessions, things belonging to someone
  4. (Medieval Latin) office concerning the commemoration of a certain saint

Usage notesEdit

The legal right of ownership, the absolute and principally unrestricted right over a thing, was in antiquity regularly called dominium.


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative prōprietās prōprietātēs
Genitive prōprietātis prōprietātum
Dative prōprietātī prōprietātibus
Accusative prōprietātem prōprietātēs
Ablative prōprietāte prōprietātibus
Vocative prōprietās prōprietātēs

Derived termsEdit


  • Asturian: propiedá
  • Catalan: propietat
  • Galician: propiedade


  • proprietas in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • proprietas in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • proprietas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • proprietas in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)