Proprietary meaning

prə-prīĭ-tĕrē
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Of or relating to a proprietor or to ownership.

Had proprietary rights.

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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.

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Privately owned, as a business.

A proprietary hospital.

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Owned by a private individual or corporation under a trademark or patent.

A proprietary drug.

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The grantee or owner of a proprietary colony in colonial America.
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Privately owned and operated.

A proprietary nursing home.

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Held under patent, trademark, or copyright by a private person or company.

A proprietary medicine.

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Privately owned, as a business.

A proprietary hospital.

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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.
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Owned by a private individual or corporation under a trademark or patent.

A proprietary drug.

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A group of proprietors.
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Proprietorship or ownership.
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Belonging to a proprietor.
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Holding property.
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Of property or proprietorship.
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A proprietary medicine.
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Private. Proprietary hardware and software are owned and controlled by a single organization or individual. Contrast with open.
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Held by a single particular person. Trade secret laws hold that the person who developed information or knowledge has ownership and property rights to her/his proprietary material. That right is usually protected by contract rather than by patent.
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Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.
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Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.
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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.

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Privately owned, as a proprietary lake.
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(of a person) Possessive, jealous, or territorial.
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A body of proprietors, taken collectively.
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A monk who had reserved goods and belongings to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession.
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A proprietor or group of proprietors.
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Ownership; proprietorship.
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A proprietary medicine.
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One granted ownership of a proprietary colony.
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A proprietor or owner.
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A proprietary medicine.
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Origin of proprietary

  • From 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 property

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary