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[ri-see-ver-ship] /rɪˈsi vərˌʃɪp/
noun, Law.
the condition of being in the hands of a receiver.
the position or function of being a receiver in charge of administering the property of others.
Origin of receivership
1475-85; receiver + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Are you really going to spring the receivership on the Dunton people to-morrow?

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • The receivership at once adopted a vigorous policy of improvement.

  • Montriveau controlled the department in which Rogron had a receivership.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • But when we get into the courts, Mr. Strauss, on a receivership, I go before the judge and tell the story.

  • I'll take the receivership and you'll be the receiver's attorney, of course.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • He advised them of the receivership in terms which led them to believe that he had brought it about as a part of his own plans.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • Addicks, when he got his thinking loom running, declared the receivership was all a "Standard Oil" plot to ruin him.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • A week had passed since Saxton's appointment to the receivership and Wheaton went to and from his work with many misgivings.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for receivership


noun (law)
the office or function of a receiver
the condition of being administered by a receiver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for receivership

late 15c., "office of a receiver" (of public revenues), from receiver + -ship. As "condition of being under control of a receiver," 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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