[puh-zesh-uh n] /pəˈzɛʃ ən/
the act or fact of possessing.
the state of being possessed.
Law. actual holding or occupancy, either with or without rights of ownership.
a thing possessed:
He packed all his possessions into one trunk.
possessions, property or wealth.
a territorial dominion of a state.
control over oneself, one’s mind, etc.
domination, actuation, or obsession by a feeling, idea, etc.
the feeling or idea itself.
the act of possessing or state of being possessed: in possession of the crown
anything that is owned or possessed
(pl) wealth or property
the state of being controlled or dominated by or as if by evil spirits
the physical control or occupancy of land, property, etc, whether or not accompanied by ownership: to take possession of a house
a territory subject to a foreign state or to a sovereign prince: colonial possessions
(sport) control of the ball, puck, etc, as exercised by a player or team: he lost possession in his own half
mid-14c., “act or fact of possessing, a taking possession, occupation,” also “thing possessed, that which is possessed,” from Old French possession “fact of having and holding; what is possessed;” also “demonic possession,” and directly from Latin possessionem (nominative possessio), noun of action from past participle stem of possidere “to possess” (see possess). Legal property sense is earliest; demonic sense first recorded 1580s. Phrase possession is nine (or eleven) points of the law is out of a supposed 10 (or 12). With eleven from 1640s; with nine from 1690s.
The state of having illegal drugs (1970+)
- Possession is nine points of the law
Actually holding something is better than merely claiming it. For example, When Karen told John he must return the sofa he’d borrowed, he said possession is nine points of the law. This term originally alluded to nine elements that would aid someone’s lawsuit, among them a good lawyer, good witnesses, a good jury, a good […]
- Possession order
noun 1. (in Britain) a court order that entitles a landlord legally to evict a tenant or squatter and regain possession of the property
[puh-zes-iv] /pəˈzɛs ɪv/ adjective 1. jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one’s own upon, a child, spouse, etc. 2. desirous of possessing, especially excessively so: Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover. 3. of or relating to […]
noun, Grammar. 1. See at (def 4a).