Definition of proprietorial in English:


Line breaks: pro¦pri|etor¦ial
Pronunciation: /prəˌprʌɪəˈtɔːrɪəl


  • Behaving as if one owned a particular thing or person; possessive: Louis draped his arm across her shoulders in a proprietorial way
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    • 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.
    • Road rage is a telling example; that's just people becoming proprietorial about something they should share.
    • It has been free from proprietorial interference for nearly 10 years now.



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  • It will be strange not to find him standing proprietorially amid the young revellers in the Pleasance courtyard, calling you over for a drink and bending your ear on some matter of Fringe politics.
  • As he proprietorially slaps her buttocks he is saying words she can't make out.
  • Michelle was there too, holding his arm proprietorially.

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