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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The right, granted by the sovereign, of exclusive control of some business of manufacture, or of the sale of certain articles, or of certain offices or prerogatives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The exclusive right secured by letters patent; specifically, the exclusive privilege granted to an inventor of practising or exploiting his invention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the right granted by a patent; especially the exclusive right to an invention

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