proprietary

proprietary pro‧pri‧e‧ta‧ry [prəˈpraɪətri ǁ -teri] adjective
1. based on ideas, information etc belonging to one particular company, rather than on ideas etc that any company can use:

• The process we use to review what we market is proprietary, and therefore it's our policy not to discuss it.

Proprietary information about a company's commodity buying plans could influence the markets if it were publicly known.

• The computer uses a proprietary operating system rather than Microsoft's Windows.

2. MARKETING a proprietary product is sold under a company's brand name, rather than a generic name (= a general name for a type of product):

• Award's contact lenses are sold both under its own name and under retailers' proprietary brands.

proprietary drugs

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Proprietary UK US /prəˈpraɪətəri/ US  /prəˈpraɪəteri/ adjective (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION Pty)
LAW used in the names of companies in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa: »

Tenneco Energy Australia Pty Ltd


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • 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… …   Law dictionary

  • proprietary — [prə prī′ə ter΄ē, prōprī′ə ter΄ē] n. pl. proprietaries [LL proprietarius < L proprietas: see PROPERTY] 1. a proprietor or owner 2. a group of proprietors 3. proprietorship or ownership ☆ 4. the grantee or owner of a proprietary colony in… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proprietary — Pro‧pri‧e‧ta‧ry [prəˈpraɪətri ǁ teri] written abbreviation Pty ORGANIZATIONS adjective used in the names of companies in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa : • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd * * * Proprietary UK US /prəˈpraɪətəri/ US … …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proprietary — mid 15c., possessing worldly goods in excess of a cleric s needs, from M.L. proprietarius owner of property, noun use of L.L. adj. proprietarius of a property holder, from L. proprietas owner (see PROPERTY (Cf. property)). Meaning held in private …   Etymology dictionary

  • proprietary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or characteristic of an owner or ownership. 2) (of a product) marketed under a registered trade name. ORIGIN from Latin proprietarius proprietor , from proprietas property …   English terms dictionary

  • proprietary — /praprayat(eh)riy/ 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 own right; one who possesses the dominion or ownership of a thing in his own right. The grantees of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Proprietary — The word proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property.Terms relating to Proprietary include: *Proprietary bottling *Proprietary church *Proprietary colleges *Proprietary… …   Wikipedia

  • proprietary — proprietarily /preuh pruy i tair i lee, pruy i ter /, adv. /preuh pruy i ter ee/, adj., n., pl. proprietaries. adj. 1. belonging to a proprietor. 2. being a proprietor; holding property: the proprietary class. 3. pertaining to property or… …   Universalium

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