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

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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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The first known use of nonproprietary was in 1891

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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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