Definitions of ownership

  1. the act of possessing; "they took possession of the ball" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Right of possession; proprietorship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. PROPRIETORSHIP. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Right of possession. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The state of being a proprietor or owner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Proprietorship; rightful or just claim or title. Note.-"To own a thing is to claim it as possessed by one's self; to owe money is an elliptical expression for having it to pay to another, or possessing it for another. A Yorkshire man says, Who owes this? meaning, who is the possessor of this? to whom does this belong?"-Wedgewood. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for ownership

  1. The ownership was broken up among several distinct parties, whose rights were determined rather by custom than by law. – Socialism by John Stuart Mill
  2. It is or used to be a usual incident to the ownership of property that it may be disposed of at will by the owner. – Equality by Edward Bellamy