pos·​ses·​so·​ry | \ pə-ˈze-sə-rē , -ˈzes-rē also -ˈse-sə-rē or -ˈses-rē\

Definition of possessory

1 : of, arising from, or having the nature of possession possessory rights
2 : having possession
3 : characteristic of a possessor : possessive

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The numbers were based on sales, hotel, property and possessory interest taxes. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Taxpayers association says SoccerCity has bigger tax benefit to city," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of possessory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pos·​ses·​so·​ry | \ pə-ˈze-sə-rē \

Legal Definition of possessory

1 : of, arising from, involving, or having the nature of possession possessory rights a possessory action
2 : having possession a possessory owner

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