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dispossess (v.)

"put out of possession, deprive of occupancy," late 15c., from Old French despossesser "to dispossess," from des- (see dis-) + possesser"to have and hold, take, be in possession of" (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing. Modern French déposséder is a 16c. re-formation from Medieval Latin dispossidere.

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