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 for proprietary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Proprietary \Pro*pri"e*ta*ry\, n.; pl. Proprietaries. [L.
     proprietarius: cf. F. propri['e]taire. See Propriety, and
     cf. Proprietor.]
     1. A proprietor or owner; one who has exclusive title to a
        thing; one who possesses, or holds the title to, a thing
        in his own right. --Fuller.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A body proprietors, taken collectively.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Eccl.) A monk who had reserved goods and effects to
        himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the
        time of profession.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Proprietary \Pro*pri"e*ta*ry\, a. [L. proprietarius.]
     Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as
     property; owned; as, proprietary medicine.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Proprietary articles, manufactured articles which some
        person or persons have exclusive right to make and sell.
        --U. S. Statutes.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  proprietary
      adj 1: protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or
             produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights;
             "`Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which `acetaminophen'
             is the generic form" [ant: nonproprietary]
      n 1: an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is
           responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
           [syn: proprietorship, proprietary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "proprietary":
     balm, balsam, beneficiary, cestui, cestui que trust,
     cestui que use, deedholder, dominion, dominium, drops, drug,
     electuary, elixir, ethical drug, feoffee, feudatory, generic name,
     herbs, householder, inhalant, laird, land tenure, landed,
     landholding, landlady, landlord, landownership, landowning,
     lincture, linctus, lord, lordship, master, materia medica,
     medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine,
     mesne, mesne lord, mistress, mixture, nonprescription drug,
     officinal, overlordship, owner, ownership, patent medicine,
     pharmacon, physic, possession, possessive, possessorship,
     possessory, powder, preparation, prescription drug, propertied,
     property, proprietary medicine, proprietary name, proprietor,
     proprietorship, proprietress, proprietrix, rentier, seigniory,
     simples, sovereignty, squire, syrup, theraputant, tisane,
     titleholder, vegetable remedies
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  proprietary
   adj.
  
      1. In marketroid-speak, superior; implies a product imbued with exclusive
      magic by the unmatched brilliance of the company's own hardware or software
      designers.
  
      2. In the language of hackers and users, inferior; implies a product not
      conforming to open-systems standards, and thus one that puts the customer
      at the mercy of a vendor able to gouge freely on service and upgrade
      charges after the initial sale has locked the customer in. Often used in
      the phrase ?proprietary crap?.
  
      3. Synonym for closed-source or non-free, e.g. software issued without
      license rights permitting the public to independently review, develop and
      redistribute it.
  
      Proprietary software should be distinguished from commercial software. It
      is possible for software to be commercial (that is, intended to make a
      profit for the producers) without being proprietary. The reverse is also
      possible, for example in binary-only freeware.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  proprietary
  
     1. In marketroid-speak, superior; implies a product imbued
     with exclusive magic by the unmatched brilliance of the
     company's own hardware or software designers.
  
     2. In the language of hackers and users, inferior; implies a
     product not conforming to open-systems standards, and thus
     one that puts the customer at the mercy of a vendor who can
     inflate service and upgrade charges after the initial sale has
     locked the customer in.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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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