What does proprietary mean?

Definitions for proprietaryprəˈpraɪ ɪˌtɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word proprietary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. proprietorship, proprietary(adj)

    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits

  2. proprietary(adj)

    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"


  1. proprietary(Adjective)

    Of or relating to property or ownership, as proprietary rights.

  2. proprietary(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the quality of being an owner, as the proprietary class.

  3. proprietary(Adjective)

    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.

  4. proprietary(Adjective)

    Privately owned, as a proprietary lake.

  5. proprietary(Adjective)

    Possessive, jealous, or territorial.

  6. Origin: From propriétaire, from proprietarius. Compare with the Latin proprietas, and proprius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proprietary(noun)

    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

  2. Proprietary(noun)

    a body proprietors, taken collectively

  3. Proprietary(noun)

    a monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession

  4. Proprietary(adj)

    belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine

  5. Origin: [L. proprietarius: cf. F. propritaire. See Propriety, and cf. Proprietor.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. proprietary

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proprietary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proprietary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Catherine Daly:

    By using their own proprietary delivery platforms with other prostaglandin drugs they could become major competitors to Allergan in the future.

  2. Jon Wiehoff:

    Freightquote is a high quality, innovative, growth company that brings a proven model serving smaller businesses, its proprietary e-commerce technology allows shippers to easily access competitive rates.

  3. Socar Trading:

    Following Occidental Petroleum's announcement in late 2014 of its intention to pull back from proprietary trading of crude oil, SOCAR Trading took the opportunity to recruit Phibro's London trading team and increase significantly its presence in the London oil market.

  4. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology:

    The collaboration between secretaries of state, election officials and the voting system manufacturers on the matter of enforcing this black box proprietary code secrecy with election systems, is nothing less than the commoditization and monetization of American Democracy.

  5. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology:

    Between the black box proprietary code, barebones computers we call voting machines and a mass of completely unqualified election officials, our election system is up for grabs to anybody with even a modest interest and some script kiddie capability. The cyber-kinetic attack surface here is wide open.

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Translations for proprietary

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • proprietärGerman
  • ιδιοκτησιακόςGreek
  • de propiedad, propietarioSpanish
  • omistus, alkuperäis-, oma, alkuperäinen, omistava, omistajaFinnish
  • 소유Korean
  • własnościowyPolish
  • proprietar, de proprietateRomanian
  • проприетарный, собственнический, частный, приватный, патентованныйRussian
  • originalan, vlasnički, licenciranSerbo-Croatian
  • தனியுரிமTamil

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