[ puh-zes-uh-ree ]
/ pəˈzɛs ə ri /


of or relating to a possessor or to possession: registration of possessory claims.
arising from possession: a possessory interest.
having possession: possessory landholdings.

Origin of possessory

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin possessōrius, equivalent to Latin possed-, stem of possidēre to possess (see possession) + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss

Related forms

pos·ses·so·ri·ness, noun

Can be confused

possessive possessory
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British Dictionary definitions for possessory


/ (pəˈzɛsərɪ) /


of, relating to, or having possession
law arising out of, depending upon, or concerned with possessiona possessory title
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