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Behaving as if one owned a particular thing or person; possessive.‘Louis draped his arm across her shoulders in a proprietorial way’
suspicious, distrustful, mistrustful, doubting, insecure, anxiousView synonyms
- ‘Another option might be to create an editorial board with real legal safeguards against proprietorial dismissal.’
- ‘They feel proprietorial, as though the Big Apple were theirs to consume.’
- ‘You can understand children of the 1960s being proprietorial about rock.’
- ‘It's a caper through London's East End in the company of four blokes with a proprietorial interest in a boozer, which acts as the control centre for their dodgy enterprises.’
- ‘Certainly a lot of blogging is a form of journalism but without the commercial, editorial or proprietorial pressures.’
- ‘Normally he was there on the left as you go in, on a kind of proprietorial plinth.’
- ‘The internet, the most effective means yet discovered for sharing proprietorial information, redefines the concept of copyright beyond anything the law can keep up with.’
- ‘This pretty particularness might seem an affectation, but he says he was like that as a kid, when to set himself apart from his brother he would claim proprietorial rights to food and TV programmes.’
- ‘Will they allow us to continue editing and producing this paper without proprietorial interference?’
- ‘I am not proprietorial about the idea at all and I urge any of you who like the concept to do the same.’
- ‘Road rage is a telling example; that's just people becoming proprietorial about something they should share.’
- ‘Can I write your story into a film and leach you of any kind of proprietorial rights?’
- ‘All went swimmingly at first, and I had that warm, faintly proprietorial glow that goes with introducing friends to somewhere that you feel has been your own brilliant discovery.’
- ‘Some quite inquisitive - and even proprietorial - individuals came close, begging for food and carefully observing us whilst we worked in the water.’
- ‘He looks what he claims to be, her friend, confidant and protector, a smiling, slightly proprietorial figure.’
- ‘It has been free from proprietorial interference for nearly 10 years now.’
- ‘One possibility is that people feel different about photos than they do with playlists and music - more proprietorial, more nervous of sharing.’
- ‘Ministers often feel proprietorial about their departments.’
- ‘‘Just look at these mountains,’ he says, with all the proprietorial pride of a man who feels he is monarch of all he surveys.’
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