proprietary

adjective /prəˈprɑɪ.ə.teɪɹ.i/
a) Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.

The continuous profitability of the company is based on its many proprietary products.

b) Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.

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  • proprietary — pro·pri·e·tary 1 /prə prī ə ˌter ē/ n pl tar·ies 1: something that is used, produced, or marketed under exclusive legal right of the inventor or maker; specif: a drug (as a patent medicine) that is protected by secrecy, patent, or copyright… …   Law dictionary

  • proprietary — pro‧pri‧e‧ta‧ry [prəˈpraɪətri ǁ teri] adjective 1. based on ideas, information etc belonging to one particular company, rather than on ideas etc that any company can use: • The process we use to review what we market is proprietary, and… …   Financial and business terms

  • proprietary — [prə prī′ə ter΄ē, prōprī′ə ter΄ē] n. pl. proprietaries [LL proprietarius < L proprietas: see PROPERTY] 1. a proprietor or owner 2. a group of proprietors 3. proprietorship or ownership ☆ 4. the grantee or owner of a proprietary colony in… …   English World dictionary

  • Proprietary — Pro*pri e*ta*ry, a. [L. proprietarius.] Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine. [1913 Webster] {Proprietary articles}, manufactured articles which some person or persons have exclusive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proprietary — Pro‧pri‧e‧ta‧ry [prəˈpraɪətri ǁ teri] written abbreviation Pty ORGANIZATIONS adjective used in the names of companies in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa : • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd * * * Proprietary UK US /prəˈpraɪətəri/ US … …   Financial and business terms

  • Proprietary — Pro*pri e*ta*ry, n.; pl. {Proprietaries}. [L. proprietarius: cf. F. propri[ e]taire. See {Propriety}, and cf. {Proprietor}.] 1. A proprietor or owner; one who has exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses, or holds the title to, a thing in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proprietary — mid 15c., possessing worldly goods in excess of a cleric s needs, from M.L. proprietarius owner of property, noun use of L.L. adj. proprietarius of a property holder, from L. proprietas owner (see PROPERTY (Cf. property)). Meaning held in private …   Etymology dictionary

  • proprietary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or characteristic of an owner or ownership. 2) (of a product) marketed under a registered trade name. ORIGIN from Latin proprietarius proprietor , from proprietas property …   English terms dictionary

  • proprietary — /praprayat(eh)riy/ A proprietor or owner; one who has the exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses or holds the title to a thing in his own right; one who possesses the dominion or ownership of a thing in his own right. The grantees of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Proprietary — The word proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property.Terms relating to Proprietary include: *Proprietary bottling *Proprietary church *Proprietary colleges *Proprietary… …   Wikipedia

  • proprietary — proprietarily /preuh pruy i tair i lee, pruy i ter /, adv. /preuh pruy i ter ee/, adj., n., pl. proprietaries. adj. 1. belonging to a proprietor. 2. being a proprietor; holding property: the proprietary class. 3. pertaining to property or… …   Universalium

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