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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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  • Edward having bought up the country, began to exercise the right of ownership by setting fire to little bits of it.

    The Comic History Of England Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett
  • My right of ownership in the gem is not, I confess, very substantial; but whose is it?

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • The fate of any single company could be determined by the ownership of not over fifty-one per cent of its stock.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • There certainly did not come to him at the present moment any of the pleasures of ownership.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • This constitutes a very decided change in the character of the ownership and control of each company.

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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