from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to ownership
- adj. Characteristic of a proprietor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to ownership; proprietary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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The sacking by Abramovich of Ray Wilkins, Ancelotti's friend and ally, wiped out the manager's autonomy and showed him to be powerless in the face of proprietorial capriciousness.
It's nice to be needed again and I like how the boys have come back breezily casual, slinging a cheery proprietorial arm around my waist as I bring more snacks, taking me for granted.
Depending on how serious the rule is, even a technical violation can sometimes be serious; but sometimes it just isn't, and reasonable proprietorial discretion will just let it be.
You point to a particular case of proprietorial misconduct, by people you don't say are Bush appointees, who are apparently not working for a Bush appointee, and who were then slapped down by a Bush-appointed judge, as making it "increasingly clear that something very very bad happened to the US Justice system during the Bush administration."
(For a local example of a similar problem with proprietorial ethics, see this.)
Via TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime, a pointer to an inspiring judicial decision to dismiss a criminal case in light of systematic long-running proprietorial misconduct.
He had never acted with such proprietorial zeal either before or since.
Happily, she is not one of those terrifying literary widows you read about within the pages of the New Yorker, hoarding and proprietorial, always firing off furious letters to this inquisitive scholar and that nosy biographer: a wife desperate to bolster her role as muse and amanuensis.
Spotify's software is designed to subtly echo that of iTunes, but with a more flexible and less proprietorial feel.
He gives his new hairstyle a proprietorial pat, which suggests both contentment and the lingering astonishment he seems so keen to bury in conversation.