What does possession mean?
Definitions for possession
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word possession.
the act of having and controlling property
anything owned or possessed
being controlled by passion or the supernatural
a mania restricted to one thing or idea
a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
self-control, self-possession, possession, willpower, will power, self-command, self-willnoun
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
(sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)
"they took possession of the ball on their own goal line"
Something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights.
Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
Something that is owned.
The car quickly became his most prized possession.
Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
The car is in my possession.
A territory under the rule of another country.
Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions.
The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession.
The condition of being under the control of strong emotion or madness.
Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession.
A disposal of the ball during a game, i.e. a kick or a handball.
Defender Colin O'Riordan had 41 possessions in the NEAFL last week to continue his outstanding form, while Ryan Clarke had 47 in the Swans' big loss to Brisbane.
A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possession — my foot will always be mine.
Etymology: From possessio (Gen: possessionis)
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: possession, Fr. possessio, Lat.
He shall inherit her, and his generation shall hold her in possession. Ecclus. iv. 16.
In possession such, not only of right,
I call you. John Milton.
Do nothing to lose the best possession of life, that of honour and truth. William Temple.
A man has no right over another’s life, by his having a property in land and possessions. John Locke.
To invest with property. Obsolete.
Sundry more gentlemen this little hundred possesseth and possessioneth. Carew.
the act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own
the having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful
the thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion; as, foreign possessions
the state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy; as, demoniacal possession
to invest with property
Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]
In law, possession is the control a person intentionally exercises toward a thing. In all cases, to possess something, a person must have an intention to possess it. A person may be in possession of some property. Like ownership, the possession of things is commonly regulated by states under property law.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
To take possession, is the act of occupying any post, camp, fortress, etc., which might facilitate the operations of an army, or which previously belonged to the enemy.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'possession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3364
Rank popularity for the word 'possession' in Nouns Frequency: #1180
The numerical value of possession in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of possession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of possession in a Sentence
The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.
A large percentage of those executions are for drug offences and under Iran's current drug laws, possession of 30 grams of heroine or cocaine would qualify for the death penalty. So there's a number of draconian laws.
Sigmund Freud, Letter to Carl Jung, January 17, 1909:
We are certainly getting ahead; if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar.
With due respect, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's' proposals' would resurrect the same broken, Bloomberg-funded failures that were attempted under the Obama administration, like most political gambits, Lt. Gov. Patrick's' solution' precedes Dan Patrick possession of the facts, including this critical concession by the Obama administration : Criminalizing private firearm transfers would require a massive, governmental gun registration scheme.
Buddhist kings show possession of white elephants as a proof of their legitimacy, legitimate kings effortlessly attract white elephants from all corners of the kingdom. These elephants willingly submit to the authority of kings out of recognition of their moral strength.
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Translations for possession
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- propietat, possessióCatalan, Valencian
- απόκτημα, κτήμα, κατοχή, κυριότητα, νομή, περιουσία, ιδιοκτησία, περιουσιακό στοιχείοGreek
- possession, bien, propriétéFrench
- sealbhachadhScottish Gaelic
- birtok, megszállottság, tulajdon, gyarmat, birtoklásHungarian
- kesurupan, kerasukanIndonesian
- 保有物, 保持, 所有, 所有物, 保有, 憑依, 占領地, 所持Japanese
- bezit, bezetenheid, bezittingen, bezittingDutch
- posiadłość, własność, opętanie, dobytek, posiadaniePolish
- deţinere, demonie, proprietate, posesie, drept de proprietate, demonism, posesiune, stăpânireRomanian
- одержимость, облада́ние, иму́щество, владе́ние, [[зависимый, со́бственностьRussian
- ägodel, innehav, besittningSwedish
- chiếm hữuVietnamese
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