noun, plural pro·pri·e·tar·ies.
- proprietary colony,
- proprietary hospital,
- proprietary medicine,
- proprietary name,
Origin of proprietary
Examples from the Web for proprietary
The Volcker Rule, a component of the far-reaching Dodd-Frank law, required large banks to cut back on proprietary trading.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape|Daniel Gross|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That data is available only to publishers through their vendors and is proprietary unless released to the public.Hillary’s Book Sales Are Weak by Clinton Standards|Jason Pinter|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor did Microsoft transform its proprietary operating system into open-source code.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road|Daniel Gross|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The company created customized mixtapes at the point-of-sale with its own proprietary technology.
The CleanTech Open Global Forum, where they won the National Sustainability award in 2013, has lauded his proprietary system.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors|Sarah Kunst|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few yards beyond her stood a woman whom she knew by sight as having established practically a proprietary right to her beat.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
This project of James, it was suspected, had its origin in his own proprietary interest in New York.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia|Charles Campbell
Judge Emery, after his proprietary good-by kiss, advised her to be quiet and rest.The Squirrel-Cage|Dorothy Canfield
The Mercantile libraries are properly a branch of the proprietary, though depending mostly upon annual subscriptions.A Book for All Readers|Ainsworth Rand Spofford
His uncle, who was then in England, had a lease on the proprietary at that time.The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
noun plural -taries
- right to property
- property owned
Word Origin for proprietary
mid-15c., "possessing worldly goods in excess of a cleric's needs," from Medieval Latin proprietarius "owner of property," noun use of Late Latin adjective proprietarius "of a property holder," from Latin proprietas "owner" (see property). Meaning "held in private ownership" is first attested 1580s. The word was used earlier in English as a noun meaning "proprietor," also "worldly person" (c.1400), from a noun use in French and Medieval Latin.