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Tylenol is a proprietary drug that can be purchased in generic form as acetaminophen.
  describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark


showing characteristics of ownership
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proprietary proprietaries proprietarily
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  • Tylenol is a proprietary drug that can be purchased in generic form as acetaminophen.
  • My employment contract prohibits by sharing proprietary information with people outside of the firm.
  • She showed us her home with a proprietary pride.
  • The lower rooms were entirely given over to the birds, who walked about them with a proprietary air, as though the place had been built by themselves, and not by certain dusty copyholders who now lay east and west in the churchyard.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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  • The software is proprietary, but you can license it.
  • I try to squirm away from him, but he keeps a proprietary arm slung around my hips.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I wished Boney and Gilpin were here, had witnessed the proprietary tone of Desi’s voice: I know Amy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He wore a decent-looking dark suit and a red tie, and he spoke cordially to everyone, moving from person to person but returning betweentimes to stand at Carla’s side with one hand resting on the small of her back in a proprietary way.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He riffled the pages with a proprietary forefinger, then paused, wrinkling his brow at a sudden thought.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • No, no. That’s proprietary information.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • She moves about the kitchen with command, in a proprietary way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Zaman seemed gently proprietary with the orphans.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Now there are patents and proprietary information where there once was free information flow.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • She came in with such a proprietary haste, and looked around so possessively at the furniture that I wondered if she lived here.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ’This is a pretty good tree,’ he observed admiringly with proprietary gratitude.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The reason Grant was astonished was that he had a proprietary feeling about this animal: it was probably a maiasaur, from the late Cretaceous in Montana.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • There were no hedges, no signs of proprietary rights, no evidences of agriculture; the whole earth had become a garden.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Scarlett felt pleased at hearing of their exploits, pleased in a proprietary manner.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I hated it when guys acted proprietary toward me, and Jonathan had done that from the beginning.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • His hold is proprietary and masculine, but he is not a good dancer.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • He was otherwise an ingenious, sensible man, a pretty good writer, and a good governor for the people, tho’ not for his constituents, the proprietaries, whose instructions he sometimes disregarded.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • At a proprietary yank from one of the little cousins, Yolanda lets herself be led to the cake table, festive with a lacy white tablecloth and starched party napkins.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • It’s the painting from whose frame a girl looks out, ignoring her beefy music teacher, whose proprietary hand rests on her chair.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I was surrounded by the stale smut of clubmen, stories to disturb callow youth, ads for transparencies, truedup dice and bustpads, proprietary articles and why wear a truss with testimonial from ruptured gentleman.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The women prowl the room proprietarily, Neddy fingering through the CD collection, Barbara poking around the laptop computer, while they gently bust on Cedric in the familiar, sometimes affectionate, call and response that they’ve been at for years.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She was quite angry now because of the proprietary air he appeared to be assuming.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • His tone was just a bit too proprietary.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The lower rooms were entirely given over to the birds, who walked about them with a proprietary air, as though the place had been built by themselves, and not by certain dusty copyholders who now lay east and west in the churchyard.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Ammu grew tired of their proprietary handling of her.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The Institute took a remarkably proprietary attitude about the war.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A new blend, one she was proprietary about, increased sexual performance and strength.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Though he had been repulsed he could not cease being proprietary.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "I’ll let the term ’proprietary’ hang in the air," Tyler said, sipping his coffee.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • This invested the turnkey with a new proprietary share in the child, over and above his former official one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There was a watchful, almost proprietary expression on his face, and she felt an instant’s jealousy.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • /Kodak/ has so far won acceptance as a common noun that Eastman is often forced to assert his proprietary right to it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • She saw the proprietary hand Sarah put on her father’s arm and thought it just as well to stay where she was.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The proprietary Marley Method will restore your treasured valuables to a blinding brilliance you never thought possible.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The roofline above the dormer window on one side was peaked like an eyebrow, and it cast a proprietary gaze over an overgrown wedge of land, thick with maples.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Men in the Cole family were strangely proprietary about their offspring, and he had no doubt his father would have hunted his mom down and taken him back anyway.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Why I reached Charlie Casset to pick me up at that real estate proprietary in Vienna, and why, until he got there, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get here alive.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • You’ll find that all their raptures, all their generous transports are proprietary, all their woes and their tears, proprietary; all proprietary or seminarist!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The Character Lab, a division of Youth Market System Consulting, uses a proprietary technique called Character Appeal Quadrant Analysis to help companies develop new mascots.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But these ambitions he forgot as he came to Terry’s proud proprietary shanty, by a lake among oaks and maples, and heard Terry’s real theories of the decomposition of quinine derivatives.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • [She sweeps behind the bar in a proprietary fashion.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • I’ve got a lunch date," he said, and immediately stooped to make a leisurely and proprietary examination of the interior of the fish tank.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • And I didn’t have any woman——Vida ’s become so married and proprietary."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • While I can appreciate you being somewhat edgy, and somewhat proprietary, I m bringing something important to the table.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • ] BERENGER: [reading and correcting whilst BOTARD checks the manuscript with a pencil] Laws relating to the control of proprietary wine produce .
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Four of them are legitimate condominiums with regular owners, but the fifth, the one farthest from the gate, is an Agency proprietary with its own road and security.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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Associated words [difficulty]:   proprietary [4] , proprietor [2]
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