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trade secret

noun
1.
a secret process, technique, method, etc., used to advantage in a trade, business, profession, etc.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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Examples from the web for trade secret
  • Perplexed is right, and all of academe knows it, but it's a trade secret.
  • Most are the company's trade secret, though they always include current prices of goods and sales data.
  • What is it with keeping medical information a trade secret and preventing others from access.
  • Scientific methodology, rather than being a closely guarded trade secret, is a freely available resource.
  • Since the dressing significantly impacts the quality of the end product, it's regarded as a trade secret.
  • Finally, firms might also have a strategic concern: some consider their compensation structure a trade secret.
  • How they do it is a guarded trade secret, but the principle is basic physics.
  • Any actual or threatened misappropriation of a trade secret may be enjoined by a court.
  • The only exception to this required disclosure is information that fits the definition of a trade secret.
British Dictionary definitions for trade secret

trade secret

noun
1.
a secret formula, technique, process, etc, known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer
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