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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


adj. referring to ownership.

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In order to maximise the possibility of being granted access to an institution for research purposes, it is important that the researcher persuade the gatekeeper (and the REC) of the social value of the study.
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In defining a lifespace, the social scientist acts as a gatekeeper who "determines specifically what things are to be included in the representation of any given life space at any particular time" (Cartwright, 1951, p.
When you receive referral introductions from people your prospects know and trust, they (and their gatekeepers) will happily take your call.
You: "Can I speak to David (small pause), David Mendez?'' If the gatekeeper asks you to repeat who is calling, use the same formula: "Vlad (small pause), Vlad Kulik.
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The analysis above paints a rosy portrait of the myriad ways an ideal agency vested with a full set of wholesale or retail gatekeeper powers can rationalize and optimize private enforcement efforts.
In the suburb area of Nilor police station near Charah, dead body of a 35 year old gatekeeper namely Zahid Mehmood was recovered who was gunned down by some unidentified criminals.