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He always said "your Bible," as if church members held a proprietary right.

"My daughters," said Olivo, turning to Casanova with a proprietary air.

It will readily be seen how advantageous these proprietary rights must have been to the wife.

The proprietary interest which she had always felt in him was more than ever hers now.

"I have a plan for her," said Harold, with a proprietary air.

He used to let his brother off for Sunday afternoons with quite a proprietary air.

He felt that he had a sort of proprietary interest in his guest.

It abhors the absence of proprietary or possessory rights as a kind of vacuum.

The proprietary beef foods are also valueless as infant foods.

The Marshalsea described in the last was also a proprietary concern.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "possessing worldly goods in excess of a cleric's needs," from Medieval Latin proprietarius "owner of property," noun use of Late Latin adjective proprietarius "of a property holder," from Latin proprietas "owner" (see property). Meaning "held in private ownership" is first attested 1580s. The word was used earlier in English as a noun meaning "proprietor," also "worldly person" (c.1400), from a noun use in French and Medieval Latin.

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