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Origin of ownership

First recorded in 1575–85; owner + -ship
Related formsin·ter·own·er·ship, nounself-own·er·ship, noun
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Contemporary Examples of ownership

Historical Examples of ownership

  • To effect a change of ownership with the candid concomitance of a brass band.

  • 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.

  • I don't intend him to know anything at all about my ownership now.

  • 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


  1. the state or fact of being an owner
  2. legal right of possession; proprietorship
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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.

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