possession

[ puh-zesh-uhn ]
/ pəˈzɛʃ ən /

noun

Origin of possession

1300–50; Middle English < Latin possessiōn- (stem of possessiō) occupancy, act of occupying, equivalent to possess(us), past participle of possidēre to have in one's control, occupy (and, in active sense, past participle of posīdere to seize upon) (*pots-, akin to posse to be able + -sidēre, combining form of sedēre to sit1; cf. host1) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM possession

non·pos·ses·sion, noun

synonym study for possession

1, 3. See custody.
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possession
/ (pəˈzɛʃən) /

noun

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