possession


possession
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
State of owning or the thing owned
Nouns
1. possession, ownership; proprietorship, lordship, fee, seigniorage, seigniory; empire, dominion (see authority); interest, stake, estate, right, title, claim, demand, holding, blind trust; tenure; vested, contingent, beneficial, or equitable interest; use, trust, benefit; fee simple or tail; occupancy, occupation; hold[ing]; tenure, tenancy, feudality, dependency; monopoly, corner, retention; heritage, inheritance, heirship, reversion; bird in hand; nine points of the law. Informal, dibs.
2. (possession passed on) dower, dowry, dot; jointure, appanage; inheritance, heritage; patrimony; alimony; legacy (see giving).
3. (belongings) assets, belongings, means, resources, circumstances; wealth, money; credit; patent, copyright; landed property, real property, real estate, realty, land[s], grounds; tenements; hereditaments; territory, state, kingdom, principality, realm, empire; dependence; protectorate, sphere of influence; manor, domain, demesne; farm, plantation, hacienda; freehold, leasehold; fixtures, plant; easement. See abode.
4. (smaller belongings) personal property or effects; personalty, chattels, goods, effects, movables; stock in trade; things, traps, gear, paraphernalia; equipage; parcels, appurtenances; impedimenta; luggage, dunnage, baggage; bag and baggage; pelf; cargo, lading, freight; heirloom; endowment.
5. possessor, holder; occupant, occupier; tenant; renter, lodger, lessee; owner; proprietor, proprietress; trustee; master, mistress, lord; landholder, landowner, landlord, landlady, yeoman; lord of the manor, laird; legatee, devisee; heir[ess], inheritress, inheritrix. See inhabitant.
Verbs
1. possess, have, hold, occupy, enjoy; be possessed of, have on one's hands, own, command; inherit, come to, come in for; stake a claim; acquire (see acquisition); retain. Slang, have dibs on.
2. belong to, appertain to, pertain to; be in one's possession; vest in.
Adjectives
1. possessing, having; worth; possessed of, seized of, master of, in possession of; in fee simple; outright; endowed with, blessed with, fraught with; possessed; on hand, by one; in hand, in store, in stock; in one's hands, at one's command, to one's name, at one's disposal; one's own.
2. possessive, retentive, retaining, tenacious; reserved, entailed.
3. landed, manorial, allodial; freehold, leasehold; feudal.
Phrases — a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; easy come easy go; you cannot lose what you never had; possession is nine points of the law.
Quotations — For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (Bible), Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind (Emerson), Property is organized robbery (G. B. Shaw), An ill-favored thing, sir, but mine own (Shakespeare).
Antonyms, see poverty, debt, acquisition.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Ownership]
Syn. proprietary rights, hold, mastery; see ownership .
2. [Property]
Syn. personal property, real estate, something possessed; see property 1 , 2 .
3. [A colony]
Syn. settlement, territory, Dependency; see colony 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. ownership custody, control, hold, proprietorship, title, occupancy.
2. property belonging, effect, holding, *things, *stuff, worldly good.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The fact of possessing or the legal right to possess something: dominion, ownership, proprietorship, title. See OWNED. 2. One's portable properly. Used in plural: belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, property, thing (often used in plural). Informal: stuff. Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural). See OWNED. 3. Something, as land and assets, legally possessed. Used in plural: estate, holding (often used in plural), property. See LAW, OWNED. 4. An area subject to rule by an outside power: colony, dependency, province, territory. See POLITICS.

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