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possession

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noun pos·ses·sion \-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\

Simple Definition of possession

  • : the condition of having or owning something

  • : something that is owned or possessed by someone

  • law : the crime of having something that is illegal (such as a drug or weapon)

Full Definition of possession

  1. 1 a :  the act of having or taking into control b :  control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership c :  ownership d :  control of the ball or puck; also :  an instance of having such control (as in football) <scored on their first two possessions>

  2. 2 :  something owned, occupied, or controlled :  property

  3. 3 a :  domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea) b :  a psychological state in which an individual's normal personality is replaced by another c :  self-possession

pos·ses·sion·al play \-ˈzesh-nəl, -ˈze-shə-nəl also -ˈsesh-nəl or -ˈse-shə-nəl\ adjective
pos·ses·sion·less play \-ˈze-shən-ləs, -ˈse-\ adjective

Examples of possession

  1. The city can take possession of the abandoned buildings.

  2. She came into possession of a rare silver coin.

  3. The family lost all of its possessions in the fire.

  4. This ring was my mother's most precious possession.

  5. The defendant was charged with heroin possession.



14th Century

First Known Use of possession

14th century




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