noun Law.

the condition of being in the hands of a receiver.
the position or function of being a receiver in charge of administering the property of others.

Nearby words

  1. received,
  2. received pronunciation,
  3. received standard,
  4. receiver,
  5. receiver general,
  6. receiving,
  7. receiving blanket,
  8. receiving end,
  9. receiving line,
  10. receiving order

Origin of receivership

First recorded in 1475–85; receiver + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for receivership


noun law

the office or function of a receiver
the condition of being administered by a receiver
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Word Origin and History for receivership



late 15c., "office of a receiver" (of public revenues), from receiver + -ship. As "condition of being under control of a receiver," 1884.

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