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EtymologyEdit

From proprietous +‎ -ness.

NounEdit

proprietousness (uncountable)

  1. (rare) The state of being proprietous or proper; properness
    • 1988, Craig Martin Buckwald, Transforming Vision: The Authority of Romantic Nature in the Fiction of James Joyce, Volume 2[1], page 447:
      The inappropriate disapproval of this infantile innocence by the virginal proprietousness of a Gerty MacDowell--another prudish character whose nature proves irrepressible--is seen in the final image...

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