ownership

[ oh-ner-ship ]
/ ˈoʊ nərˌʃɪp /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. owned,
  2. owner,
  3. owner-occupied,
  4. owner-occupier,
  5. owner-operator,
  6. ownership flat,
  7. owosso,
  8. owren's disease,
  9. owse,
  10. owsen

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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British Dictionary definitions for ownership

ownership

/ (ˈəʊnəʃɪp) /

noun

the state or fact of being an owner
legal right of possession; proprietorship
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Word Origin and History for ownership

ownership

n.

1580s, from owner + -ship. Ownership society (2003) was popularized by U.S. president George W. Bush.

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