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[proh-pree-uh m] /ˈproʊ pri əm/
noun, plural propria [proh-pree-uh] /ˈproʊ pri ə/ (Show IPA). Logic.
a nonessential property common to all the members of a class; attribute. Unabridged
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  • Therefore the proprium may still be predicated of something else, when its alleged subject has ceased to exist.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Thus, he may predicate biped as a proprium always belonging to man.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Et monere, et moneri, proprium est ver amiciti—To give counsel as well as take it, is a feature of true friendship.

  • Learning is an accident in man, though educability is a proprium.

  • If A be really a proprium of superficies, it cannot be also proprium of body.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • That he wears a yellow robe is a proprium, derivable from the ceremonial of his court.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • It is a proprium per se of man to be an animal by nature tractable.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The proprium of art in the logic of the Stoics, “to create and beget,” was strictly in accordance with this etymology.

  • God forbid that feeling were proprium quarto modo to all the saints; and that this were good reasoning, "No feeling, no grace."

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • An example of direct repetition is, Fire is a body the rarest among bodies (for proprium of fire).

    Aristotle George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for proprium


(logic, obsolete) Also called property. an attribute that is not essential to a species but is common and peculiar to it
Word Origin
C16: Latin, neuter sing of proprius proper, own
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