Pro·pri·e·ta·ry, a. Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine.
Proprietary articles, manufactured articles which some person or persons have exclusive right to make and sell.
Pro·pri·e·ta·ry n.; pl. Proprietaries
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.
2. A body proprietors, taken collectively.
3. Eccl. A monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession.
adj : 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 : an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is
responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its
profits [syn: proprietorship]