[ ri-see-ver-ship ]
/ rɪˈsi vərˌʃɪp /

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.

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


/ (rɪˈsiːvəʃɪp) /

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper