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ownership

[oh-ner-ship]
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noun
  1. the state or fact of being an owner.
  2. legal right of possession; proprietorship.
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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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Related Words

controlpurchasepartnershipholdingpropertytakeoverclaimusecutendtitleresidencehandtenancyslicedominiontenureproprietorshipoccupancydeed

Examples from the Web for ownership

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Historical Examples

  • 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

ownership

noun
  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

n.

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

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