Definition of nonproprietary in English:


Syllabification: non·pro·pri·e·tar·y
Pronunciation: /ˌnänprəˈprīəˌterē


  • 1(Especially of computer hardware or software) conforming to standards that are in the public domain or are widely licensed, and so not restricted to one manufacturer.
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    • It is a widely supported, non-proprietary standard, and there is plenty of software available.
    • The following disadvantages might provide reasons for using alternative or non-proprietary software for future projects.
    • It is also based on non-proprietary standards and open source software.
  • 1.1Not registered or protected as a trademark or brand name; generic.
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    • This is its ‘generic’, i.e. non-proprietary, name.
    • But it is a good MP3 player, and more importantly it's a non-proprietary, non-copyright enforcing, song-organising MP3 player.

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