One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Logic. = "property".
2Chiefly Theology. An essential attribute of something, a distinctive characteristic; essential nature, selfhood.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Wilson (d. 1581), humanist and administrator. From classical Latin proprium one's own property, special feature or property, peculiarity, in post-classical Latin also essential attribute or characteristic, property in logic, use as noun of neuter singular of proprius proper.
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