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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pro*pri"e*ta*ry
  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.
  2. A body proprietors, taken collectively.
  3. [Eccl] A monk who had reserved goods and effects to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession.

Etymology: L. proprietarius: cf. F. propriƩtaire. See Propriety, and cf. Proprietor

adjective Pro*pri"e*ta*ry
Belonging, or pertaining, to a proprietor; considered as property; owned; as, proprietary medicine.

Etymology: L. proprietarius

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
  2. 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")

From French propriétaire, from Latin proprietarius. Compare with the Latin proprietas (“property”), and proprius (“ownership”).

  1. A proprietor or owner.
  2. A body of proprietors, taken collectively.
  3. A monk who had reserved goods and belongings to himself, notwithstanding his renunciation of all at the time of profession.

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Past life for Proprietary born Feb 21, 1945

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Africa approximately on 1575. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.