[ pruh-prahy-i-ter-ee ]
/ prəˈpraɪ ɪˌtɛr i /
belonging to a proprietor.
being a proprietor; holding property: the proprietary class.
pertaining to property or ownership: proprietary wealth.
belonging or controlled as property.
(of a brand name, product, service, formula, etc.) protected by a patent, copyright, or trademark: proprietary drugs; a proprietary name; a proprietary logo; a proprietary blend of ingredients.
privately owned and operated for profit: proprietary hospitals.
noun, plural pro·pri·e·tar·ies.
an owner or proprietor.
a body of proprietors.
American History. the grantee or owner, or one of the grantees or owners, of a proprietary colony.
something owned, especially real estate.
a proprietary medicine.
Also called proprietary school. a school organized as a profit-making venture primarily to teach vocational skills or self-improvement techniques.
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Origin of proprietary
OTHER WORDS FROM proprietarypro·pri·e·tar·i·ly [pruh-prahy-i-tair-i-lee, -prahy-i-ter-] /prəˌpraɪ ɪˈtɛər ɪ li, -ˈpraɪ ɪˌtɛr-/, adverbnon·pro·pri·e·tar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·pro·pri·e·tar·ies.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-proprietary
/ (prəˈpraɪɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /
of, relating to, or belonging to property or proprietors
privately owned and controlled
med of or denoting a drug or agent manufactured and distributed under a trade nameCompare ethical (def. 3)
noun plural -taries
med a proprietary drug or agent
a proprietor or proprietors collectively
- right to property
- property owned
Also called: lord proprietary (in Colonial America) an owner, governor, or grantee of a proprietary colony
Derived forms of proprietaryproprietarily, adverb
Word Origin for proprietary
C15: from Late Latin proprietārius an owner, from proprius one's own
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Medical definitions for non-proprietary
[ prə-prī′ĭ-tĕr′ē ]
Exclusively owned, as of a hospital.
Owned by an individual or corporation under a trademark or patent, as of a drug.
A proprietary medicine.
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