• WordNet 3.6
    • n possessiveness excessive desire to possess or dominate
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Map Showing Routes of Cartier, Champlain, and La Salle, also French and English Possessions at the Time of the Last French War Map Showing Routes of Cartier, Champlain, and La Salle, also French and English Possessions at the Time of the Last...
Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances


  • Sophocles
    “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “What is not fully understood is not possessed.”
  • George Gurdjieff
    “A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.”
  • Brigham Young
    “There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source.”
  • Charlemagne
    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
  • Proverb
    “Possession is nine tenths of the law.”


In literature:

As the scene of a tale of imaginative robber-life, it appeared to me to possess great attractions.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
He would have possessed her, if her possess he might.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
I possess the evidence by which your birthright and possessions may be restored.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
The Burgundian Library at Brussels also possesses many of these treasures.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
It behooves the general of the state to possess sense, for every man is a ruler who possesses sense.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
He was possessed of a good plain education, and a remarkable degree of common sense.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
In features he is well made, dark chestnut color, and intelligent, possessing an ardent thirst for liberty.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Sir Thomas Lathom of Lathom was a nobleman of great wealth and possessions.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
For one thing, you can't possess without being possessed.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And your hair is beautiful, and your bust shapely, and you are possessed of the highest grace.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"

In poetry:

O Diarmid! O Diarmid! of face far more fair
Than the new-fallen snow, or the hill flowret rare,
The sound of thy voice was more dear to my breast
Than all the bright satin the Fianti possessed.
"Grinie's Flight With Diarmid" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The Giver of each gift that's good, will ne'er
Turn back the pray'r that's faithfully address'd,
But Christ will bless each heart that is sincere,
Nor quit him, 'till he's of each wish possess'd.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
While others spent she loved to save,
But couldn't take it to her grave.
While others save we love to spend;
She hated us but in the end
Because she left no Testament
To us all her possessions went.
"Aunt Jane" by Robert W Service
Deep the wo that fast is sending
From my cheek its healthful bloom;
Sad my thoughts as willows bending
O'er the borders of the tomb!
Without Clifford, not a blessing
In the world is worth possessing.
"The Deserted Bride" by George Pope Morris
To me a wall seemed overthrown
That social law had raised between;
And o'er its ruin, broad and green
A path went, I possessed alone;
The sky above seemed all serene;
The land around seemed all my own.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
What I possess, or what I crave,
Brings no content, great God, to me,
If what I would, or what I have,
Be not possessed and blest in Thee:
What I enjoy, O make it mine
In making me, that have it, thine.
"O Thou that sitt'st in heaven, and see'st" by John Quarles

In news:

The officers arrested Thompson, who police say was drunk and in possession of two handguns.
Each of the four albums he's created since being released from prison for drug possession have embraced a versatile range of styles.
LAPD records show Luna has been arrested three times this year on charges of possession of methamphetamine, receipt of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Jones is accused of first-degree burglary , assault causing serious injury while committing a felony and possession of burglar 's tools.
Burnet County Sheriff deputies arrested two men in the parking lot of a Burnet church Wednesday and subsequently charged them with possession of methamphetamine.
And possession of marijuana for sale while being armed with a firearm.
He didn't receive a carry on their next two, albeit brief, possessions.
David Robert Rodeback, 46, and Tina M Haywood, 36, were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.
Horizon came out strong scoring on 3 of their first 4 possessions, taking the early 21-0 lead.
On the Broncos next possession they went up for good when Carder hit Ravenell for Carder 's 5th and final TD.
CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill scored on all eight possessions Friday night in putting together its best game of the season to roll past Carrick of Pittsburgh, 54-8, Friday at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
Tony Parker (right) ranked second in the NBA in layups per 100 possessions.
I wanted to know how they can call simultaneous possession when only one person truly had possession of the ball.
'The Possession' review: What possessed them to make this movie.
If you only see one demonic possession/Jewish exorcism movie this year, make it "The Possession".

In science:

In the following sections we assume Hilbert spaces HA , HA1 , HA2 etc. are possessed by Alice and Hilbert spaces HB , HB1 , HB2 etc. are possessed by Bob.
Correlation/Communication complexity of generating bipartite states
We will say that a subset Π ⊂ X (T )+ is simple if it possesses a unique maximal element w.r.t. 6Q , and we say that Π is adjoint if it possesses a unique maximal element w.r.t. 6.
Normality and smoothness of simple linear group compactifications
While adjoint groups possess many simple smooth compactifications, Sp(2r) is essentially the unique non-adjoint group possessing such compactifications.
Normality and smoothness of simple linear group compactifications
Different lines represent different lead geometries/impurity configurations. (a) possesses mirror symmetry with respect to a vertical axis, (b) possesses a point symmetry: invariance under rotation at angle π , and (c) has a mirror symmetry with respect to a horizontal axis.
Quantum Interferometry with Electrons: Outstanding Challenges
S (F ) is the overall probability that a physical ob ject x in a state S possess the property F, P d S (F ) is the probability that x be detected when F is measured on it, PS (F ) is the probability that x possess the property F when detected.
Embedding QM into an objective framework