Meaning of proprietary in English:


Pronunciation /prəˈprʌɪət(ə)ri/

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  • 1Relating to an owner or ownership.

    ‘the company has a proprietary right to the property’
    • ‘So far as one knows, there is no ownership or proprietary rights over flowing waters.’
    • ‘The common law tradition posed fewer difficulties for the Crown as long as its vocabulary was informed by ideas of feudal tenure rather than proprietary ownership.’
    • ‘That sense of ownership sometimes includes a proprietary attitude toward waterways abutting a Texan's land.’
    • ‘Yet its staid middle-class ending fails to narrate hard work as the proprietary glue that binds owner to estate.’
    • ‘Over the past decade, the trend toward proprietary ownership of insurance and delivery systems has accelerated.’
    • ‘Participating owners in a proprietary shipping pool do not operate the pool themselves; they place their trust in the pool operator to do it for their benefit.’
    • ‘It was merely a gauche expression of a feeling of ownership, a childlike discovery of proprietary rights where the immediate and instinctive reaction is to take the toy apart.’
    • ‘The initial sale exhausted the proprietary rights of the original owner of the work.’
    • ‘One may verify and seek to replicate a published result; another may exploit the reported methods, materials, and results in order to further proprietary research.’
    • ‘If insiders sold stock acting on proprietary knowledge that the company was failing, there are existing laws to deal with it that can require treble damages and incarceration.’
    • ‘When every citizen is obliged to surrender DNA and a finger or retina print to a national database, it suggests that the state has some proprietary right over that information and the citizen's identity.’
    • ‘This only causes headaches for Canada, whose government sees the Northwest Passage as a proprietary waterway, as Canadian as Lake Winnipeg.’
    • ‘Acknowledging the need for corporate support of research, he worried that proprietary interests are hindering science in important ways.’
    1. 1.1Behaving as if one owned something or someone.
      ‘he looked about him with a proprietary air’
      • ‘‘They don't have anything like bouncy castles here,’ says Louise, striding with a proprietary air through the long grass of what one day soon will be their own mini theme park.’
      • ‘As a senior member of the men's group that wandered in and out of the café all day, he nursed a kind of proprietary air about the place.’
      • ‘She nurses a proprietary air about the place and has a particular fetish about the driveway.’
      • ‘With an air of proprietary pride, he looks out over the nesting site of one of the world's rarest birds.’
      • ‘Arrayed in silk suits and carrying gold-handled canes, they swaggered around town with a distinctly proprietary air.’
      • ‘He dumped the last armload of driftwood on the heap and regarded it with a proprietary air.’
      • ‘In particular, the ‘emphatic iron’ fence lends a proprietary air, inextricably linking the house with the family's identity.’
      • ‘Integration brokers have long suffered from being highly proprietary in nature.’
      • ‘The dispute produced armed conflicts over tax collection and occasional uprisings against one proprietary regime or the other.’
      • ‘She rests a proprietary hand on the man's shoulder, as if for security, and the little finger of her other hand-it almost makes you wince to see it-is extended primly.’
      • ‘She has what is probably described in the TV presenting industry as an ‘In your face’ attitude, giving out lots of love, and referring to people in a proprietary style.’
      • ‘Listen, kids get very proprietary about ‘their’ bands.’
  • 2(of a product) marketed under and protected by a registered trade name.

    ‘proprietary brands of insecticide’
    • ‘Those catalysts could include new products, demographic trends, proprietary products, increased market share, or a change in cost structure.’
    • ‘I expect this will only continue to get worse as more and more companies attempt to ‘protect’ their proprietary products and services.’
    • ‘There's a high premium on proprietary product.’
    • ‘The company also uses their extensive R&D capabilities, as well as their national presence, to bring you the best, proprietary products and equipment at the best prices.’
    • ‘These products are new, patented, proprietary products and are rapidly growing because they have been introduced within the last five years.’
    • ‘The product is proprietary and relatively low priced compared with the competition's.’
    • ‘Commercial products are proprietary, and focus on immediate convenient access (rather than long-term document access).’
    • ‘In your checklist, the other market-related element is the proprietary product.’
    • ‘The biggest securities firms, for example, continued to pay their reps more for selling proprietary products than outside ones.’
    • ‘First, enforcement of the regulations designed to limit the number of proprietary products entering the inventory appears to have waned.’
    • ‘Certainly a product's proprietary nature would need protecting whether contract manufacturing is done offshore or just across the street.’
    • ‘It is a proprietary product, priced competitively.’
    • ‘After all, even with the best of intentions, it's impossible to convert a proprietary product line to a standard protocol overnight.’
    • ‘I thus would personally avoid defining any of these proprietary products, in order to remain consistent.’
    • ‘These products usually cost less than comparable proprietary products.’
    • ‘The stain itself is a proprietary product made specifically for brick.’
    • ‘You can build a proprietary product, and don't have to pass along your additions or improvements.’
    • ‘Actually it is much more likely that proprietary products do - but as no-one gets to see the code, the legal challenges are few.’
    • ‘The most obvious one is to sell unique and proprietary products to the largest number of people.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a number of firms have shown that you can run a healthy business without cornering the market with your proprietary technology.’
    proprietary, patented, licensed, protected, branded, brand-name, own-brand, own-label, designer-label


Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a member of a religious order who held property): from late Latin proprietarius ‘proprietor’, from proprietas (see property).