proprietary[prə prī′ə ter′ē, prō-]
- The definition of proprietary is something owned or a brand or item protected by intellectual property rights.
- An example of something that would be described as proprietary is the ownership interest you have in your possessions.
- An example of something that would be described as proprietary are the patented drawings for a new product.
- a proprietor or owner
- a group of proprietors
- proprietorship or ownership
- ☆ the grantee or owner of a proprietary colony in colonial America
- a proprietary medicine
Origin of proprietaryLate Latin proprietarius ; from Classical Latin proprietas: see property
- belonging to a proprietor
- holding property
- of property or proprietorship
- privately owned and operated: a proprietary nursing home
- held under patent, trademark, or copyright by a private person or company: a proprietary medicine
- Of or relating to a proprietor or to ownership: had proprietary rights.
- Privately owned, as a business: a proprietary hospital.
- Owned by a private individual or corporation under a trademark or patent: a proprietary drug.
- A proprietor or group of proprietors.
- Ownership; proprietorship.
- A proprietary medicine.
- One granted ownership of a proprietary colony.
Origin of proprietaryFrom Middle English proprietarie, owner of property, from Old French proprietaire and from Medieval Latin proprietārius, both from Late Latin, of a property owner, from Latin proprietās, ownership; see property.
(comparative more proprietary, superlative most proprietary)
- Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.
- Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.
- 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.
- Privately owned, as a proprietary lake.
- (of a person) Possessive, jealous, or territorial.
proprietary - Computer Definition
Privately owned or controlled. Generally referring to a technology that has been developed by an individual, corporation, or other legal entity that considers the specifications to be a trade secret of value and that retains the exclusive right to exploit it, either for its own use or that of legitimate licensees that pay for the privilege. Proprietary technologies generally are patented, which prevents others from copying or otherwise duplicating them. See also patent and public domain.
proprietary - Legal Definition