possession

[ puh-zesh-uhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF possession

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POSSESSION

He was a farmer's son, and seldom had any money in his possession.

Had they still been in his possession, that would have been some compensation.

They fought each other for the possession of this wonderful land.

On the invasion of William, as we have seen, it was in the possession of Edwin, sovereign of Deira.

There are consciousnesses of lack which carry more bliss than any possession.

The office had been closed, owing to a death, and Palmer was in possession of a holiday.

In what does not regard the possession of her, concedo; but in what regards it, nego.

He had not once laid it down since it had come into his possession.

And all this knowledge was in Crane's possession alone, to use as he wished.

And just how did you come into possession of this, young lady?

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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