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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.

Proprietary refers to ownership or characteristics relating to ownership. It describes all the rights that the owner of property can exercise. Proprietary articles are items that are manufactured and marketed under an exclusive right.

Municipal corporations have a proprietary function, a term describing the duty or capacity of a city to enter into business ventures or to perform discretionary acts in the best interests of the citizens. Proprietary functions differ from governmental functions, which are duties that a city performs as a political subdivision of a state.


adj. referring to ownership.


adjective  exclusive, holding property, landed, pertaining to ownership, pertaining to property, praedial, restrictive
Associated concepts: proprietary function, proprietary interrst, proprietary lease, proprietary right

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.

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Aptly named, Gatekeeper Press' mission is to open the gates of the book-publishing world to everyone interested in joining it by offering the highest-quality services for the lowest-possible prices.
As theft and cart loss continue on a steady upward trajectory, Gatekeeper Systems challenges retailers to take back control with a comprehensive solution that cuts store costs while simultaneously relieving the burden of managing a system.
At the meeting, Llanishen Labour councillor Garry Hunt said more imaginative A3 uses had been refused because they were within the St Mary Street saturation zone, but the force had no objection to the Gatekeeper opening later just outside the zone.
Through research on mice, the scientists showed that the gatekeeper cells connect to the principal cell of the hippocampus.
If you leave a message with the gatekeeper, Askew recommends nailing down the next event.
One of the best ways to get through to decision-makers, then, is to break the typical sales call by struggling a bit with the gatekeeper.
The Gatekeeper Card Pro for Mac is inserted directly into the MacBook's ExpressCard slot and provides 12 security applications.
As the new product concept is improved and refined close to real world launch, the gatekeeper must be included in all stages where potential end-user feedback is being obtained and a concept test is being conducted.
to instead examine specific plan characteristics including gatekeeper requirements, choice of providers/existence of provider network, out-of-network coverage, cost-sharing, and benefit coverage (other plan characteristics were examined in studies on mammography screening [Tye, Phillips, and Liang 2003] and prostate cancer screening [Liang et al.
The Gatekeeper System uses a biomaterial that is placed into the wall of the esophagus with a proprietary delivery system to bolster the integrity of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
Palfreyman, managing director for Baltimore Technologies APAC said, "To go from Entry-Level to Full Gatekeeper accreditation requires a rigorous and thorough audit of all the PKI technology, policies and procedures involved.
The GMB yesterday welcomed moves by officials to withdraw the advert for a gatekeeper at Windsor Great Park.