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possession Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of having and controlling property
  2. noun anything owned or possessed
  3. noun being controlled by passion or the supernatural
  4. noun a mania restricted to one thing or idea
  5. noun a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
  6. noun the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
    will power; self-will; self-possession; willpower; self-control; self-command.
  7. noun (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)
    • they took possession of the ball on their own goal line

Pos*ses"sion noun
F. possession, L. possessio.
  1. The act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own.
  2. (Law) The having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful. ✍ Possession may be either actual or constructive; actual, when a party has the immediate occupancy; constructive, when he has only the right to such occupancy.
  3. The thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion; as, foreign possessions.
    When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matt. xix. 22.
    Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. Acts v. 1.
    The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Ob. 17.
  4. The state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy; as, demoniacal possession.
    How long hath this possession held the man? Shak.
Pos*ses"sion transitive verb
  1. To invest with property. Obs.

Webster 1913