a combining form meaning “one's own,” used in the formation of compound words: proprioceptive.

Origin of proprio-

combining form representing Latin proprius one's own, special, particular, proper

Definition for proprio (2 of 3)

motu proprio

[ moh-too proh-pree-oh ]
/ ˈmoʊ tu ˈproʊ priˌoʊ /

noun Latin.

any of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.

Origin of motu proprio

literally, of one's own accord

Definition for proprio (3 of 3)

proprio motu

[ praw-pri-oh moh-too; English proh-pree-oh moh-too ]
/ ˈprɔ prɪˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu; English ˈproʊ priˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu /

adverb Latin.

by one's own volition; on one's own initiative. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proprio

motu proprio

/ (ˈməʊtuː ˈprəʊprɪˌəʊ) /


an administrative papal bull

Word Origin for motu proprio

Latin: of his own accord
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