Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In Aristotelian thought, a predicable property common to all members of a kind but not constituting part of the definition of that kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Swedenborgianism, what is one's own; selfhood.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin, from neuter of Latin proprius, proper (to) (translation of Greek idion); see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Derivative and Empirical Laws: the predication of a proprium is a derivative law, and the predication of an accident is an empirical law.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • For man's proprium, which is his will, never acts at one with divine providence, against which it has an inborn enmity.

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • They do so when they excite the loves in man's proprium, that is, self-love, which is the love found in hell and is called the devil (as remarked above), and they do not seduce if they do not excite that love.

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • _ It is from man's proprium, which is his nature and is called his soul from his parent.

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • Almost the same occurs with those who acknowledge the divine things of the Word and of the church at heart but immerse them entirely in their proprium, which is a love of ruling over all things, of which much has been said before.

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • The proprium is the serpent which seduced the race's parents of which it is said,

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • Swedenborg has his carefully chosen terms, of course, like "proprium," which are best kept, although in the present translation that term is sometimes rendered by an explanatory word and one which, in the particular context, is an equivalent.

    Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

  • 'proprium' or peculiar property, e.g. 'Lord Salisbury is the present prime minister of England,' 'Man is a mammal with hands and without hair.'

    Deductive Logic

  • Yet independently of existence, and preceding it, essence is already constituted as such in its specific being: the esse proprium that Avicenna attributes to a res in virtue of its certitudo.

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol)

  • The second type is often characterized by a proprium

    The Statue of a Writer

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