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Meaning of possession by Wiktionary Dictionary

possession


    Etymology

    From Latin possessio ( Gen: possessionis )

    Noun

    possession ( plural: possessions )

    1. Something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights .
    2. Something that is owned .
      The car quickly became his most prized possession .
      I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that .
    3. Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own .
      The car is in my possession .
      I'm in possession of the car .
    4. A territory under the rule of another country .
      Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions .
    5. The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity .
      Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession .
    6. ( sports ) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive .
      The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession .
    7. ( linguistics ) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership .
      Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possessionthe car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possessionmy foot will always be mine .

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Explanation of possession by Wordnet Dictionary

possession


    Noun
    1. anything owned or possessed

    2. the act of having and controlling property

    3. the act of controlling the ball ( or puck )

    4. they took possession of the ball on their own goal line
    5. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior

    6. a territory that is controlled by a ruling state

    7. a mania restricted to one thing or idea

    8. being controlled by passion or the supernatural



    Definition of possession by GCIDE Dictionary

    possession


    1. Possession n. [F. possession, L. possessio.]
      1. The act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own.

      2. ( Law ) The having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful.

      ☞ Possession may be either actual or constructive; actual, when a party has the immediate occupancy; constructive, when he has only the right to such occupancy.

      3. The thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion; as, “foreign possessions”.

      When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matt. xix. 22.

      Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. Acts v. 1.

      The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Ob. 17.

      4. The state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy; as, “demoniacal possession”.

      How long hath this possession held the man? Shak.

      To give possession, to put in another's power or occupancy. -- To put in possession. To invest with ownership or occupancy; to provide or furnish with; as, to put one in possession of facts or information. ( Law ) To place one in charge of property recovered in ejectment or writ of entry. -- To take possession, to enter upon, or to bring within one's power or occupancy. -- Writ of possession ( Law ), a precept directing a sheriff to put a person in peaceable possession of property recovered in ejectment or writ of entry.

    2. Possession, v. t. To invest with property. [Obs.]