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possessory

[puh-zes-uh-ree]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a possessor or to possession: registration of possessory claims.
  2. arising from possession: a possessory interest.
  3. having possession: possessory landholdings.
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Origin of possessory

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin possessōrius, equivalent to Latin possed-, stem of possidēre to possess (see possession) + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss
Related formspos·ses·so·ri·ness, noun
Can be confusedpossessive possessory
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Examples from the Web for possessory

Historical Examples

  • It abhors the absence of proprietary or possessory rights as a kind of vacuum.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • They could be possessed even by wrong, and possessory remedies were given for them.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • Furthermore, the only right the gentes claimed in them was a possessory one.

  • Modern German statutes have followed in the same path so far as to give the possessory remedies to tenants and some others.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • A way, until it becomes a right of way, is just as little susceptible of being held by a possessory title as a contract.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


British Dictionary definitions for possessory

possessory

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or having possession
  2. law arising out of, depending upon, or concerned with possessiona possessory title
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