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[oh-ner-ship] /ˈoʊ nərˌʃɪp/
the state or fact of being an owner.
legal right of possession; proprietorship.
Origin of ownership
First recorded in 1575-85; owner + -ship
Related forms
interownership, noun
self-ownership, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To effect a change of ownership with the candid concomitance of a brass band.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • But Alice was no claim-jumper—so long as the notice of ownership was plainly posted.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Still, I guess the ownership of the canoe doesn't amount to much now.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • I don't intend him to know anything at all about my ownership now.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The sense of ownership has been the seed-plot of our moral code.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for ownership


the state or fact of being an owner
legal right of possession; proprietorship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ownership

1580s, from owner + -ship. Ownership society (2003) was popularized by U.S. president George W. Bush.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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