Definition of Possession

1. Noun. The act of having and controlling property.

Exact synonyms: Ownership
Generic synonyms: Control
Specialized synonyms: Actual Possession, Constructive Possession, Criminal Possession, Holding, Keeping, Retention
Derivative terms: Owner, Owner, Possess

2. Noun. Anything owned or possessed.

3. Noun. Being controlled by passion or the supernatural.
Generic synonyms: Enchantment, Spell, Trance

4. Noun. A mania restricted to one thing or idea.
Exact synonyms: Monomania
Generic synonyms: Cacoethes, Mania, Passion
Derivative terms: Monomaniacal

5. Noun. A territory that is controlled by a ruling state.

6. Noun. The trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior.

7. Noun. (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck). "They took possession of the ball on their own goal line"
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Control

Definition of Possession

1. n. The act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own.

2. v. t. To invest with property.

Definition of Possession

1. Noun. Something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights. ¹

2. Noun. Something that is owned. ¹

3. Noun. Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own. ¹

4. Noun. A territory under the rule of another country. ¹

5. Noun. The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity. ¹

6. Noun. (sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive. ¹

7. Noun. (linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership. ¹

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Definition of Possession

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Possession

possessed of
possession (current term)
possession is nine-tenths of the law
possession is nine points of the law
possession of interest
possessive adjective

Literary usage of Possession

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer, James M. Moorsom, Alexander Mortimer, Henry Holroyd, John Edward Hall, Great Britain Court of Appeal (1876)
"I think it is exactly the case that the facts shew that " the Defendant had the right of possession," and "had taken possession," and " having taken ..."

2. The Law of Torts Or Private Wrongs by Francis Hilliard (1859)
"Title and right of possession when sufficient.. possession in case of joint ownership.. Defence on the ground of possession.. possession in case of trust or ..."

3. Jurisprudence, Or, The Theory of the Law by John William Salmond (1907)
"How can it be that possession at its inception involves actual physical power ... possession is a continuing de facto relation between a person and a thing. ..."

4. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"Morgan was in possession and refused to vacate the premises—said was occupying own cabin and not interfering with anybody else's—and said the cabin was ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"possession must be assumed to give, and a transfer without formalities suffice to ... possession, or dominium, was defined by the Roman lawyers with great ..."

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