Related Terms
Dominion over, and exclusive control and use of, a material object or property resulting from the fact of holding it (whether rightly or wrongly) in one's power. Possession is said to be the "nine-tenths of the law" and is a prima facie evidence of ownership-good against any other claim, except that of the legal owner. It may mature into legal ownership due to passage of time, as in adverse possession.

Use 'possession' in a Sentence

I found your hat after we left the basketball court. I can return it to you tomorrow, I have it in my possession.
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While going through my Grandma's things, after her death, my niece informed us she had her Waterford crystal in her possession.
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Superstitions have caused much harm throughout history, perfectly illustrated by the people who thought those with high fevers, epilepsy, and other serious illnesses were in a state of possession and would perform exorcism instead of treating them
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Notable Quotable

Contentment and Possessions
"To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. (Akhenaton was an Egyptian Pharaoh fl. 1375 B.C.)"
- Akhenaton
One Person's Experience on Possessions
"I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor."
- Francois Rabelais
Why Men Cannot Live Freely and Nobly
"It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly."
- Bertrand Russell