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

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Recent Examples on the Web Still, why should the man who wrote these songs not take proprietorial pride in them? D.b., The Economist, "With “My Songs” Sting underlines the lasting quality of his music," 4 June 2019 Though attitudes are changing, many scientists are still quite proprietorial about their data. The Economist, "Computer algorithms can test the dodginess of published results," 14 June 2018 One of them is the intensely proprietorial air brought to her by her fans. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, "A Jane for Every Reader," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of proprietorial

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Proprietorial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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