proprietarian

noun
pro·​pri·​e·​tar·​i·​an | \ prəˌprīəˈta(a)rēən \
plural -s

Definition of proprietarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an advocate of proprietary government
2 [propriety + -arian] : a stickler for the proprieties

proprietarian

adjective

Definition of proprietarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or belonging to or characteristic of the propertied class opposed to proletarian sending proletarian winners of scholarships to proprietarian public schools … and absorbing them into the service of the capitalist class— G. B. Shaw

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History and Etymology for proprietarian

Noun

proprietary entry 2 + -an

Adjective

from proprietariat, after English proletariat : proletarian

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“Proprietarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proprietarian. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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