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ownership

[oh-ner-ship] /ˈoʊ nərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the state or fact of being an owner.
2.
legal right of possession; proprietorship.
Origin of ownership
1575-1585
1575-85; owner + -ship
Related forms
interownership, noun
self-ownership, noun
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  • She had self-possession, and that was ownership enough.
  • Individuals, cities and agri business claim ownership of the aquifer underlying their property.
  • In essence, we're seeing a new relationship to property-where access trumps ownership.
  • Data ownership refers to both the possession of and responsibility for information.
  • People could put those together in ways that they liked and take ownership of them.
  • With factories multiplying and car ownership surging, the cities' air quality has plummeted.
  • The program allows the farmers to maintain ownership of the land as long as they protect it.
  • No more ruined credit and dashed hopes of home-ownership.
  • And there is almost always something that goes wrong almost immediately, it's the way of home ownership.
  • Public records indicate when ownership expires, for one thing, but they do more than that.
British Dictionary definitions for ownership

ownership

/ˈəʊnəʃɪp/
noun
1.
the state or fact of being an owner
2.
legal right of possession; proprietorship
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Word Origin and History for ownership
n.

1580s, from owner + -ship. Ownership society (2003) was popularized by U.S. president George W. Bush.

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