[ dis-puh-zest ]
/ ˌdɪs pəˈzɛst /


evicted, as from a dwelling, land, etc.; ousted.
without property, status, etc., as wandering or displaced persons; rootless; disfranchised.
having suffered the loss of expectations, prospects, relationships, etc.; disinherited; disaffiliated; alienated: The modern city dweller may feel spiritually dispossessed.

Origin of dispossessed

First recorded in 1590–1600; dispossess + -ed2

Definition for dispossessed (2 of 2)

[ dis-puh-zes ]
/ ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs /

verb (used with object)

to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
to banish.
to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.

Origin of dispossess

1425–75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (< Old French posseder) < Latin possidēre; see possess


dis·pos·ses·sion, noundis·pos·ses·sor, noundis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dispossessed

/ (ˌdɪspəˈzɛs) /


(tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel

Derived forms of dispossess

dispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, adjective
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