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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits;
[syn: proprietorship, proprietary]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights;
- Example: "`Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which `acetaminophen' is the generic form"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Proprietary \Pro*pri"e*ta*ry\, n.; pl. Proprietaries. [L. proprietarius: cf. F. propri['e]taire. See Propriety, and cf. Proprietor.] 1. 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. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. A body proprietors, taken collectively. [1913 Webster] 3. (Eccl.) A monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Proprietary \Pro*pri"e*ta*ry\, a. [L. proprietarius.] Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine. [1913 Webster] Proprietary articles, manufactured articles which some person or persons have exclusive right to make and sell. --U. S. Statutes. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

proprietary adj 1: 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" [ant: nonproprietary] n 1: an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits [syn: proprietorship, proprietary]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "proprietary": balm, balsam, beneficiary, cestui, cestui que trust, cestui que use, deedholder, dominion, dominium, drops, drug, electuary, elixir, ethical drug, feoffee, feudatory, generic name, herbs, householder, inhalant, laird, land tenure, landed, landholding, landlady, landlord, landownership, landowning, lincture, linctus, lord, lordship, master, materia medica, medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine, mesne, mesne lord, mistress, mixture, nonprescription drug, officinal, overlordship, owner, ownership, patent medicine, pharmacon, physic, possession, possessive, possessorship, possessory, powder, preparation, prescription drug, propertied, property, proprietary medicine, proprietary name, proprietor, proprietorship, proprietress, proprietrix, rentier, seigniory, simples, sovereignty, squire, syrup, theraputant, tisane, titleholder, vegetable remedies
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

proprietary adj. 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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

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 who can inflate service and upgrade charges after the initial sale has locked the customer in. [Jargon File]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PROPRIETARY. In its strict sense, this word signifies one who is master of his actions, and who has the free disposition of his property. During the colonial government of Pennsylvania, William Penn was called the proprietary. 2. The domain which William Penn and his family had in the state, was, during the Revolutionary war, divested by the act of June 28, 1779, from that family and vested in the commonwealth for the sum which the latter paid to them of one hundred and thirty thousand pounds sterling.