proprium

noun
pro·​pri·​um | \ ˈprōprēəm \
plural propria\ -​ēə \

Definition of proprium

1 : property, attribute especially : an attribute belonging inseparably to every member of a species
2 : the principle of individuation in personality : selfhood

History and Etymology for proprium

Latin, possession, characteristic, from neuter of proprius own, particular

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“Proprium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proprium. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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