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possessor

Syllabification: pos·ses·sor
Pronunciation: /pəˈzesər
 
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Definition of possessor in English:

noun

1A person who owns something or has a particular quality: his father was the possessor of a considerable fortune
More example sentences
  • History shows that since the arrival of Africans on American shores, some black Americans have been free, self-employed, and possessors of considerable wealth.
  • At the time, there was a rule that students could not bring radios to school, and the officials had been enforcing the rule with great vigor, seizing radios and punishing their possessors.
  • But the certainty of retaliation and mass destruction has kept nuclear weapons possessors from using them.
1.1 Law A person who takes, occupies, or holds something without necessarily having ownership, or as distinguished from the owner.
Example sentences
  • But for all other articles, including most knives, the onus is on the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the possessor intends to use it to cause injury.
  • The wrongful acts of a previous possessor do not therefore diminish the plaintiff's claim in respect of the wrongful acts of a later possessor.
  • Except in the case of joint possessors, possession is single and exclusive.

Derivatives

possessory

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The trial decision is about equitable possessory title and the court of appeal said that doesn't exist.
  • To take account of this, the system provides for a possessory title to be upgraded to absolute title after it has been registered for 12 years.
  • The screenwriters union wants to eliminate the so called possessory credit, ‘A film by…,’ saying it relegates writers to a secondary status within the industry.

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