Possession; having some degree of control over something else. A person may be in possession of some property (although possession seldom implies ownership); a spirit may be in possession of a person.
Like ownership, the possession of things is commonly regulated by states (see law)
The term possession can also have more specific meanings:
- A political possession is a territory under the control and protection of a larger country, but which is not considered part of that country. For example, Guam is a possession of the United States.
- Spiritual possession refers to the supposed ability of some spirits to inhabit a human body.
- Possession is also a type of ownership supported by some proponents of anarchism who seek to abolish private property as an institution of coercion.
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