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Definition describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark


showing characteristics of ownership
  • Tylenol is a proprietary drug that can be purchased in generic form as acetaminophen.
proprietary = describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark
  • 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
  • The software is proprietary, but you can license it.
  • 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
  • proprietary = showing characteristics of ownership
  • 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
  • Now there are patents and proprietary information where there once was free information flow.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • She moves about the kitchen with command, in a proprietary way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And I didn't have any woman——Vida 's become so married and proprietary."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Zaman seemed gently proprietary with the orphans.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • 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
  • Ammu grew tired of their proprietary handling of her.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • I try to squirm away from him, but he keeps a proprietary arm slung around my hips.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • There was a watchful, almost proprietary expression on his face, and she felt an instant's jealousy.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Though he had been repulsed he could not cease being proprietary.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • 'This is a pretty good tree,' he observed admiringly with proprietary gratitude.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • No, no. That's proprietary information.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I wished Boney and Gilpin were here, had witnessed the proprietary tone of Desi's voice: I know Amy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • 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

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