What does the word proprietary mean?

  • Of medicinal preparations, constituting the property of an individual or corporation that, by copyrighting the name or otherwise, has, or professes to have, the exclusive right to produce and vend them. See also patent medicine, under medicine. [ Lat.]

Usage examples for proprietary

  1. There were a large number of coloured people in the audience, and because members of their own race were giving the performance, they seemed to take a proprietary interest in it all. – The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. She was conscious of a growing dislike for this man who treated her daughter with such a proprietary air. – The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. He walked across the room to my lad- I was now beginning to feel a proprietary interest in him- and seized him roughly by the arm. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  4. The acceptance of The Outcry for production restored the proprietary feeling she once had had about it. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  5. Governor Johnson, sensible of the ill- humour which prevailed among the people at the proprietary government, and the ill consequences that would attend the immediate execution of his orders, summoned his council together, to take their advice about what was most proper to be done. – An Historical Account Of The Rise And Progress Of The Colonies Of South Carolina And Georgia, Volume 1 by Alexander Hewatt

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