Definitions for: Possession

[n] anything owned or possessed
[n] the act of possessing; "they took possession of the ball"
[n] a mania restricted to one thing or idea
[n] being controlled by passion or the supernatural

Webster (1913) Definition: Pos*ses"sion, n. [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.

Note: Possession may be either actual or constructive;
actual, when a party has the immediate occupancy;
constructive, when he has only the right to such

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.

To give possession, to put in another's power or occupancy.

To put in possession.
(a) To invest with ownership or occupancy; to provide or
furnish with; as, to put one in possession of facts or
(b) (Law) To place one in charge of property recovered in
ejectment or writ of entry.

To take possession, to enter upon, or to bring within one's
power or occupancy.

Writ of possession (Law), a precept directing a sheriff to
put a person in peaceable possession of property recovered
in ejectment or writ of entry.

Pos*ses"sion, v. t.
To invest with property. [Obs.]

Synonyms: monomania, ownership

See Also: assets, belongings, cacoethes, circumstances, control, dominion, enchantment, holding, holding, keeping, liabilities, mania, material possession, passion, property, province, retention, spell, territorial dominion, territory, trance, transferred possession, transferred property, treasure, white elephant

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