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proprietary

1. of, relating to, or belonging to property or proprietors
2. Med of or denoting a drug or agent manufactured and distributed under a trade name
3. Med a proprietary drug or agent
4. a proprietor or proprietors collectively
5. 
a. right to property
b. property owned
6. (in Colonial America) an owner, governor, or grantee of a proprietary colony

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.

proprietary

(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.

proprietary

Private. Proprietary hardware and software are owned and controlled by a single organization or individual. Contrast with open.
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Propietary E commerce software shopping cart (copyrights included) included in the sale.
Mary Ann Fernandez, senior vice president and portfolio strategist, Aeltus Investment Management, is responsible for overall fund strategy and optimal asset allocation based on a propietary financial model; Aeltus portfolio managers Hugh T.