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n. the owner of anything, but particularly the owner of a business operated by that individual.

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PROPRIETOR. The owner. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Taranatha's close proprietorial control over the teachings he had been given by his Indian masters is evident in an incident he records in his large Autobiography.
Landa, of course, has a reason to be proprietorial about the strudel, for it is a native of Hitler's birthplace, Vienna.
Other nations believed that the document contained uncompromising language and that the United States had taken a "proprietorial attitude" toward space.
Andrea and Gabriel Vendramin, but Penny asks whether the grey-beard clutching the altar in a 'proprietorial way' is instead their late great-grandfather, who had established the family's wealth in the 14th century.
Needless to say, the actual recipe is proprietorial, but Weaver's did divulge that this blend contains seven of John Weaver, the master roaster's favorite beans that have been roasted at three different temperatures.
Against his lack of wider European renown, though, must be weighed the outright adoration he inspired in Britain and America: from none more than Olin Downes, New York Times music correspondent from 192455, who exhibited toward Sibelius's output a love not merely proprietorial but almost obstetric.
The reputation of the most famous crusader saint, Louis IX of France (d.1270, canonized 1297), flattered his successors into the nineteenth century, encouraging a proprietorial relationship with crusading that cast a long shadow shading nineteenth-century French Mediterranean colonialism and historiography.
Directors are very proprietorial about clubs, and regardless of what an outsider is doing for a club, if they are not nominally part of the institution it is frowned on.
The confusion is possibly increased by the way Scots have a certain proprietorial pride in what is sometimes unkindly called 'the Scotish Mafia' at the heart of Blair's Government.
Some such proprietorial feeling about the media culture was what lay behind the furious reaction by many on the left to what the self-important subject of the would-be scandal himself called "Gannongate." This was one James D.
The habit of taking liberties with freedom has a long history, and an especially revealing one at times when "freedom itself" (to use the proprietorial words of George W.