Law Actual holding or occupancy with or without rightful ownership.(noun)
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Use "possession" in a sentence
"The official defense of England and Russia does not apparently show any failure on the part of either to submit all of the documents in their possession, _but the German "White Paper" on its face discloses the suppression of documents of vital importance, while Austria has as yet failed to submit any of the documentary evidence in its possession_."
"Now, the adherents of this natural and naïve opinion have, as they say in the law, the right of possession (_possession d'état_); they are not plaintiffs but defendants; it is not for them to prove they are in the right, it has to be proved against them that they are in the wrong."
"In flying into Mexico from NOB, in possession is an FM3 that was not stamped upon exiting Mexico the last time he left Mexico."