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- 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-1Related formsdis·pos·ses·sion, noundis·pos·ses·sor, noundis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/, adjective
; replacing Middle English disposseden,
equivalent to dis-1
(< Old French posseder
) < Latin possidēre;
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for dispossessory
Derived Formsdispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, adjective
- (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Word Origin and History for dispossessory
late 15c., from Old French despossesser "to dispossess," from des- (see dis-) + possesser (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing.
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