Hypertext Webster Gateway: "possession"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Possession \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act of possessing; "they took possession of the ball"
[syn: {ownership}]
2: anything owned or possessed
3: being controlled by passion or the supernatural
4: a mania restricted to one thing or idea [syn: {monomania}]

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