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[proh-pree-uh m] /ˈproʊ pri əm/
noun, plural propria [proh-pree-uh] /ˈproʊ pri ə/ (Show IPA). Logic.
a nonessential property common to all the members of a class; attribute. Unabridged
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  • Therefore the proprium may still be predicated of something else, when its alleged subject has ceased to exist.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Thus, he may predicate biped as a proprium always belonging to man.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Et monere, et moneri, proprium est ver amiciti—To give counsel as well as take it, is a feature of true friendship.

  • Learning is an accident in man, though educability is a proprium.

  • If A be really a proprium of superficies, it cannot be also proprium of body.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • That he wears a yellow robe is a proprium, derivable from the ceremonial of his court.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • It is a proprium per se of man to be an animal by nature tractable.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • On the other hand, he may propound as thesis the denial of the one proprium, while he affirms or admits the other.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • God forbid that feeling were proprium quarto modo to all the saints; and that this were good reasoning, "No feeling, no grace."

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Here what is given as proprium is the essence of man, which never ought to be affirmed in the proprium.

    Aristotle George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for proprium


(logic, obsolete) Also called property. an attribute that is not essential to a species but is common and peculiar to it
Word Origin
C16: Latin, neuter sing of proprius proper, own
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