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[puh-zes-uh-ree] /pəˈzɛs ə ri/
of or relating to a possessor or to possession:
registration of possessory claims.
arising from possession:
a possessory interest.
having possession:
possessory landholdings.
Origin of possessory
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin possessōrius, equivalent to Latin possed-, stem of possidēre to possess (see possession) + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > ss
Related forms
possessoriness, noun
Can be confused
possessive, possessory. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They could be possessed even by wrong, and possessory remedies were given for them.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Modern German statutes have followed in the same path so far as to give the possessory remedies to tenants and some others.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • To the book-collector they appeal less in a possessory sense than as works of reference.

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • A way, until it becomes a right of way, is just as little susceptible of being held by a possessory title as a contract.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The French government had persistently refused to assist the States and possessory princes in the recovery of this stronghold.

  • The American state denies to the church all possessory rights unless incorporated by itself.

  • The position held at first by sufferance may ripen into a possessory title, provided he sticks to his claim.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • He loudly pronounced the proceedings of the possessory princes to be utterly illegal, and contrary to all precedent.

  • It abhors the absence of proprietary or possessory rights as a kind of vacuum.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The Queen-Regent as then advised meant to wash her hands of the possessory princes once and for ever.

British Dictionary definitions for possessory


of, relating to, or having possession
(law) arising out of, depending upon, or concerned with possession: a possessory title
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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