Proprietary
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]


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