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possession (n.)

mid-14c., "act or fact of possessing, a taking possession, occupation," also "thing possessed, that which is possessed," from Old French possession "fact of having and holding; what is possessed;" also "demonic possession," and directly from Latin possessionem (nominative possessio), noun of action from past participle stem of possidere "to possess" (see possess). Legal property sense is earliest; demonic sense first recorded 1580s. Phrase possession is nine (or eleven) points of the law is out of a supposed 10 (or 12). With eleven from 1640s; with nine from 1690s.

St. Jerome in his 'Life of St. Hilarion' has given us a graphic account of the courage with which that saint confronted, and the success with which he relieved, a possessed camel. [Lecky, "History of European Morals"]

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Definitions of possession from WordNet

possession (n.)
the act of having and controlling property;
Synonyms: ownership
possession (n.)
anything owned or possessed;
possession (n.)
being controlled by passion or the supernatural;
possession (n.)
a mania restricted to one thing or idea;
Synonyms: monomania
possession (n.)
a territory that is controlled by a ruling state;
possession (n.)
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior;
Synonyms: self-control / self-possession / willpower / will power / self-command / self-will
possession (n.)
(sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck);
they took possession of the ball on their own goal line
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