What does “proprietary” mean?
Part of Speech: adj
Pronunciations: IPA: /prə.ˈpraɪ.ɪ.tɛ.ri/ Glossary-style: [pruh-PRY-ih-teh-ree]
Definition: owned exclusively by those who produce it, as information or procedures (Ex: proprietary trade secrets). exclusively owned or private. relating to the owners of something.
Example: When I got a good job at (let’s call the company “Goggles”), I had to sign a document promising that I would not divulge any proprietary information that I learned while working there.
Practice vocab question!
In which of the following would you gain proprietary information?
- You work for an American bicycle company that trains you on a special technique to produce consistently high-quality bike components.
- You work for a technology company in Silicon Valley, and a colleague asks you whether you know anyone from lucise.com.
- You’re eavesdropping, and you overhear a conversation about the various food options in the area.
- You read plagiarized material on the Internet.
- In a fit of rage, a colleague swears at his partner on the telephone, using language inappropriate for the workplace.