proprietary
pro·pri·e·tary 1 /prə-'prī-ə-ˌter-ē/ n pl -tar·ies
1: something that is used, produced, or marketed under exclusive legal right of the inventor or maker; specif: a drug (as a patent medicine) that is protected by secrecy, patent, or copyright against free competition as to name, product, composition, or process of manufacture
2: a business secretly owned by and run as a cover for an intelligence operation
proprietary 2 adj
1 a: held as property of a private owner
b: of, relating to, or characteristic of a proprietor
2: used, made, or marketed by one having the exclusive legal right
a proprietary process
3: privately owned and managed and run as a profit-making organization
a proprietary insurer
a proprietary clinic
4: of or relating to the acts of a municipality which profit or benefit the municipality and for which it is answerable in negligence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

proprietary
I adjective entailed, exclusive, holding property, landed, pertaining to ownership, pertaining to property, praedial, restrictive associated concepts: proprietary function, proprietary interest, proprietary lease, proprietary right II index ownership, proprietor

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


proprietary
adj.
Related to ownership; acting like an owner; owned by a particular person or company; sold under a trade name.
n.
An owner or proprietor.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


proprietary
Refers to ownership.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


proprietary
adj. Held by a single particular person. Trade secret laws hold that the person who developed information or knowledge has ownership and property rights to her/his proprietary material. That right is usually protected by contract rather than by patent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


proprietary
As a noun, a proprietor or owner; one who has the exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses or holds the title to a thing in his or her own right; one who possesses the dominion or ownership of a thing in his or her own right.
As an adjective, belonging to ownership; owned by a particular person; belonging or pertaining to a proprietor; relating to a certain owner or proprietor.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


proprietary
As a noun, a proprietor or owner; one who has the exclusive title to a thing; one who possesses or holds the title to a thing in his or her own right; one who possesses the dominion or ownership of a thing in his or her own right.
 
As an adjective, belonging to ownership; owned by a particular person; belonging or pertaining to a proprietor; relating to a certain owner or proprietor.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

proprietary
adj.
   referring to ownership.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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