Definition of proprietorial in English:



  • Behaving as if one owned a particular thing or person; possessive.

    ‘Louis draped his arm across her shoulders in a proprietorial way’
    • ‘Normally he was there on the left as you go in, on a kind of proprietorial plinth.’
    • ‘Road rage is a telling example; that's just people becoming proprietorial about something they should share.’
    • ‘You can understand children of the 1960s being proprietorial about rock.’
    • ‘Certainly a lot of blogging is a form of journalism but without the commercial, editorial or proprietorial pressures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some quite inquisitive - and even proprietorial - individuals came close, begging for food and carefully observing us whilst we worked in the water.’
    • ‘It has been free from proprietorial interference for nearly 10 years now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One possibility is that people feel different about photos than they do with playlists and music - more proprietorial, more nervous of sharing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can I write your story into a film and leach you of any kind of proprietorial rights?’
    • ‘Ministers often feel proprietorial about their departments.’
    • ‘He looks what he claims to be, her friend, confidant and protector, a smiling, slightly proprietorial figure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another option might be to create an editorial board with real legal safeguards against proprietorial dismissal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Just look at these mountains,’ he says, with all the proprietorial pride of a man who feels he is monarch of all he surveys.’
    • ‘They feel proprietorial, as though the Big Apple were theirs to consume.’
    suspicious, distrustful, mistrustful, doubting, insecure, anxious
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