Definitions for proprietaryprəˈpraɪ ɪˌtɛr i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pro•pri•e•tar•yprəˈpraɪ ɪˌtɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-tar•ies.
(adj.)pertaining to, belonging to, or being a proprietor.
pertaining to property or ownership.
manufactured and sold only by the owner of the patent, trademark, etc.:
privately owned and operated for profit:
Category: Common Vocabulary
(n.)an owner or proprietor.
a body of proprietors.
something owned, esp. real estate.
a proprietary medicine.
the grantee or owner of a proprietary colony.
Category: American History
Origin of proprietary:
1400–50; late ME (n.) < ML proprietārius owner, n. use of LL adj.: of an owner, of ownership
pro•pri`e•tar′i•ly-ˈtɛər ɪ li(adv.)
an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights
"`Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which `acetaminophen' is the generic form"
Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.
Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.
Manufactured exclusively by the owner of intellectual property rights (IPR), as with a patent or trade secret.
The continuous profitability of the company is based on its many proprietary products.
Privately owned, as a proprietary lake.
Possessive, jealous, or territorial.
Origin: From propriétaire, from proprietarius. Compare with the Latin proprietas, and proprius.
a proprietor or owner; one who has exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses, or holds the title to, a thing in his own right
a body proprietors, taken collectively
a monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession
belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. In marketroid-speak, superior; implies a product imbued with exclusive magic by the unmatched brilliance of the company's own hardware or software designers. 2. In the language of hackers and users, inferior; implies a product not conforming to open-systems standards, and thus one that puts the customer at the mercy of a vendor able to gouge freely on service and upgrade charges after the initial sale has locked the customer in. Often used in the phrase “proprietary crap”. 3. Synonym for closed-source or non-free, e.g. software issued without license rights permitting the public to independently review, develop and redistribute it.Proprietary software should be distinguished from commercial software. It is possible for software to be commercial (that is, intended to make a profit for the producers) without being proprietary. The reverse is also possible, for example in binary-only freeware.
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