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1. Of, relating to, or having possession.
2. Law Depending on or arising from possession: possessory interest.


1. of, relating to, or having possession
2. (Law) law arising out of, depending upon, or concerned with possession: a possessory title.


(pəˈzɛs ə ri)

1. of or pertaining to a possessor or to possession.
2. arising from possession: a possessory interest.
3. having possession.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin possessōrius= Latin possed-, s. of possidēre to possess (see possession) + -tōrius -tory1]
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1997), holding that while improper use of prejudgment replevin proceedings precluded issuance of a replevin writ, a landlord could enforce its statutory lien to avail itself of its possessory rights to personalty.
He argued Mr Williams had been in possession of the land for at least 12 years, the time required under the 1980 Act to establish possessory title.
This is a real risk, because most states tax privately held possessory interests in publicly owned property.
For example, in the absence of other controlling considerations, inadequate collateral value for the debt, defective documentation, a good borrower, a strong management company and weak market would all suggest a workout instead of the possessory alternatives.
At the trial level, Judge Archie Campbell said he was going to invent something -- after 60 years, people get an equitable possessory title to land that is good against the Aboriginal title holders.
Mazur notes a 1978 Supreme Court decision that clarified Indian reservations as part of the territory of the United States, emphasizing the possessory authority that the federal government exercised as holding ultimate title to Indian lands.
72) At the end of that month Scott wrote to Howard that the two inspectors had found on the sea islands "a plantation on which Freedmen who held valid possessory rifles were obliged to contract `at the point of the bayonet.
35] Third, he is critical of the increasing number of anticipatory offenses, possessory offenses in particular.
Harvey[6] the North Dakota Supreme Court held that an accountant has a possessory lien under a general statute which gives such a lien to anyone who, while lawfully in possession of another's personal property, renders any service to the property that protects or improves it.
Possessory rights allow the holder to use the resource in any fashion after the initial claim is made.
Responsibility denotes a feeling that a person has toward the job, through a commitment that stems from a possessory interest in some aspect of that job.
In addition, there are other changes Babbitt should consider--such as amortizing the possessory interest to zero (in other words, no cost to government or competitors) over the course of the contract--to even things out.