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[oh-ner-ship] /ˈoʊ nərˌʃɪp/
the state or fact of being an owner.
legal right of possession; proprietorship.
1575-85; owner + -ship
Related forms
interownership, noun
self-ownership, noun Unabridged
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  • She had self-possession, and that was ownership enough.
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  • 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.
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  • Public records indicate when ownership expires, for one thing, but they do more than that.
British Dictionary definitions for ownership


the state or fact of being an owner
legal right of possession; proprietorship
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Word Origin and History for ownership

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

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Encyclopedia Article for ownership

the legal relation between a person (individual, group, corporation, or government) and an object. The object may be corporeal, such as furniture, or completely the creature of law, such as a patent, copyright, or annuity; it may be movable, such as an animal, or immovable, such as land. Because the objects of property and the protected relations are different in every culture and vary according to law, custom, and economic system and the relative social status of those who enjoy its privileges, it is difficult to find a least common denominator of "ownership." Ownership of property probably means at a minimum that one's government or society will help to exclude others from the use or enjoyment of one's possession without one's consent, which may be withheld except at a price.

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