One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a cleric, religious order, etc.: having temporal possessions or endowments.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin possessionatus possessed of (frequently 1380–1583 in British sources), (of the clergy) owning property (frequently from 1345 in British sources) from classical Latin possessiōn-, possessiō + -ātus.
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