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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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We tested the null hypothesis that gatekeeper requirements have no association with utilization.
In East Asia, one gatekeeper was well known for disliking comedies and melodramas, and never included any such pics on lists of films screened for consideration.
The questionnaire included a series of items about specialists' attitudes toward primary care physicians in the gatekeeper role.
We will be encouraging and assisting our clients and partners, including Telstra, the ANZ Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to follow us in gaining Full Gatekeeper accreditation for their CA services," said Mr Palfreyman.
In 1995, Gatekeepers were responsible for 290 referrals, or 39 percent of all referrals, made to elder services, according to Raschko.
Specialists as gatekeepers are extremely important and appropriate, but only when serving the needs and wishes of people with disabilities.
We are very pleased to have Xceedium GateKeeper listed on the UC/APL.
Potential licensees in the security products industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Gatekeeper on a worldwide basis.
He was then shifted to a police station, the SSP said, adding that medical tests were conducted on both the girl and the gatekeeper.
10] Obtaining gatekeeper permission from the higher levels of the organisation does not, and probably should not, guarantee cooperation from multiple layers of organisational membership, and should never overrule individual autonomy to refuse research participation.
Despite Apple's efforts, Wardle managed to bypass Gatekeeper
Or if you face a human obstacle, this gatekeeper probably doesn't have a title that indicates that he or she fills that role.