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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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  • Edward having bought up the country, began to exercise the right of ownership by setting fire to little bits of it.

    The Comic History Of England Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett
  • To effect a change of ownership with the candid concomitance of a brass band.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The fate of any single company could be determined by the ownership of not over fifty-one per cent of its stock.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • But Alice was no claim-jumper—so long as the notice of ownership was plainly posted.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • This constitutes a very decided change in the character of the ownership and control of each company.

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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