non·​pro·​pri·​e·​tary | \ ˌnän-prə-ˈprī-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce nonproprietary (audio) \

Definition of nonproprietary

: not proprietary nonproprietary technology The open-source movement gave us nonproprietary platforms, browsers, and frameworks such as Linux, Firefox, and Drupal.— Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery

Examples of nonproprietary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the chilly excesses of Melania’s Christmas decorations and the ghostly abstraction of these videos reveal just how much further outside all such nonproprietary conventions the Trumps are than previous inhabitants of the White House have been. David Roth, The New Republic, "A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic," 19 Dec. 2019 His office plans to continue developing the nonproprietary open source code, perhaps making it available to other agencies to use. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Sweeping change is coming for L.A. County voters. If things go wrong, he’ll get the blame," 19 Aug. 2019 This willingness to share nonproprietary data to help cities better maintain and operate infrastructure is an about-face from the Uber of the past. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber wants to be the app that connects people to all types of transportation, not just car rides.," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonproprietary

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonproprietary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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non·​pro·​pri·​etary | \ -prə-ˈprī-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce nonproprietary (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonproprietary

: not proprietary a drug's nonproprietary name


non·​pro·​pri·​e·​tary | \ ˌnän-prə-ˈprī-ə-ˌter-ē \

Legal Definition of nonproprietary

: not proprietary

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