pro·​pri·​e·​to·​ri·​al prə-ˌprī-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce proprietorial (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luxuriantly bearded Victorians felt deeply proprietorial about nature, and there was much patronizing sneering. Mary Jo Dilonardo, Treehugger, 25 May 2023 Still, at its best the magic here is social – in a private dining room all your own, with waiters who take proprietorial pride in service, with a baked Alaska as finale, all reminders that a night like this is about more than dinner. Ian Mcnulty,, 28 Dec. 2020 Still, why should the man who wrote these songs not take proprietorial pride in them? D.b., The Economist, 4 June 2019 Though attitudes are changing, many scientists are still quite proprietorial about their data. The Economist, 14 June 2018 One of them is the intensely proprietorial air brought to her by her fans. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, 7 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proprietorial was in 1783

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“Proprietorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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