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[oh-ner-ship] /ˈoʊ nərˌʃɪp/
the state or fact of being an owner.
legal right of possession; proprietorship.
Origin of ownership
1575-85; owner + -ship
Related forms
interownership, noun
self-ownership, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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