: a member of a 16th century monastic movement within the Russian Orthodox Church, dedicated to prayer and meditation, to simplicity of life and dissociation from worldly affairs especially as achieved through a life of solitude, and to the ideal of poverty to the extent of preferring to own no property either singly or collectively and particularly opposing the established custom of monasteries' owning farms worked by secular laborers

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“Nonpossessor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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