What is proprietary?

  • (adj): Protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights.
    Example: "'Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which 'acetaminophen' is the generic form"
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More definitions of "proprietary":

  • (noun): An unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits.
    Synonyms: proprietorship

Famous quotes containing the word proprietary:

    Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used.
    David Lehman (b. 1948)