Possession meaning

pə-zĕshən
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Control of oneself.
noun
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Possession is the state of having something or something that is owned.

An example of possession is for a person to have their mother's keys in their pocket.

An example of possession is a person's favorite necklace.

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Having the power and intention of exercising control and dominion of real property, but lacking actual presence on or direct control of same.
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A possessing or being possessed, as by ownership or occupancy; hold.
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Property; wealth.
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Anything possessed.
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Exercising dominion over property; having custody and control of property. See also custody and ownership.
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The ownership or control of information, as distinct from confidentiality. For example, if confidential information such as a user ID-password combination is in a sealed container and the container is stolen, the owner justifiably feels that there has been a breach of security even if the container remains closed (this is a breach of possession or control over the information). Possession is one of the six fundamental components of information security (see Parkerian Hexad).
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Immediate physical control, and, therefore, occupancy, of real property.
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See peaceable possession.
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Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.

The car is in my possession.

I'm in possession of the car.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
verb
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Actual control of the ball or puck in play.
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Unlawful possession of proscribed articles, such as drugs, assault weapons, and so on, or being in possession of something that individual is proscribed from possessing.
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Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
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Something that is owned.

The car quickly became his most prized possession.

I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.

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A territory under the rule of another country.

Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions.

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

The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession.

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

Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession "” the car could become someone else's "” and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possession "” my foot will always be mine.

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(obsolete) To invest with property.
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Territory ruled by an outside country.
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The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.

Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession.

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Origin of possession

  • From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

    From Wiktionary