Dominion over, and exclusive control and use of, a material object or property resulting from the fact of holding it (whether rightly or wrongly) in one's power. Possession is said to be the "nine-tenths of the law" and is a prima facie evidence of ownership-good against any other claim, except that of the legal owner. It may mature into legal ownership due to passage of time, as in adverse possession.

Use possession in a sentence

  • I found your hat after we left the basketball court. I can return it to you tomorrow, I have it in my possession.

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  • While going through my Grandma's things, after her death, my niece informed us she had her Waterford crystal in her possession.

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  • Superstitions have caused much harm throughout history, perfectly illustrated by the people who thought those with high fevers, epilepsy, and other serious illnesses were in a state of possession and would perform exorcism instead of treating them

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Notable Quotes

  • Contentment and Possessions
    "To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. (Akhenaton was an Egyptian Pharaoh fl. 1375 B.C.)"
    - Akhenaton
  • One Person's Experience on Possessions
    "I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor."
    - Francois Rabelais
  • Why Men Cannot Live Freely and Nobly
    "It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly."
    - Bertrand Russell


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