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

Origin of receivership

First recorded in 1475–85; receiver + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for receivership

bankruptcy, default, failure, insolvency, receivership

Examples from the Web for receivership

Contemporary Examples of receivership

Historical Examples of receivership

  • It was during the receivership and there was no room for frills.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I'll take the receivership and you'll be the receiver's attorney, of course.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • The receivership at once adopted a vigorous policy of improvement.

  • Dunton can't stand for a receivership, and Chadwick knows it.

    The Wreckers

    Francis Lynde

  • Are you really going to spring the receivership on the Dunton people to-morrow?

    The Wreckers

    Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for receivership


noun law
  1. the office or function of a receiver
  2. 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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