Definition of possessor in US English:

possessor

noun

  • 1A person who owns something or has a particular quality.

    ‘his father was the possessor of a considerable fortune’
    • ‘It's also traditional in such circumstances for the possessor of a wicked and/or warped comedy mind to express bafflement that said mind actually belongs to them.’
    • ‘I have concocted all kinds of ways in which I would be able to snatch this love away from its current possessor.’
    • ‘I am the proud possessor of three fine specimens.’
    • ‘At the time, there was a rule that students could not bring radios to school, and the officials had been enforcing the rule with great vigor, seizing radios and punishing their possessors.’
    • ‘The copy is supposed to resemble the original (or the spirit of the original) in order to capture the real and to convey the essence of the subject depicted or of its possessor.’
    • ‘Charm is a curse that protects its possessors from the hard lessons of life.’
    • ‘Should you be the proud possessor of a ‘work bag’ or some other receptacle you could not do without feel free to join in.’
    • ‘But the certainty of retaliation and mass destruction has kept nuclear weapons possessors from using them.’
    • ‘However, I was a proud possessor of a free rations medal.’
    • ‘While there he represented the Westmorland Schools XV and was the proud possessor of one of only three caps awarded by the school in 1925.’
    • ‘Someone, somewhere is the possessor of a very fertile imagination.’
    • ‘He is also the possessor of the loosest mouth in politics.’
    • ‘History shows that since the arrival of Africans on American shores, some black Americans have been free, self-employed, and possessors of considerable wealth.’
    • ‘No, I am not a citizen of this country, but I am a possessor of a visa which allows me to stay here and write for newspapers and various publications.’
    • ‘And, before I knew it, I was the proud possessor of a zillion raffle coupons!’
    • ‘With his Scottish bride in tow, the proud possessor of a chemistry degree from Glasgow University, the young Oriental had set his heart on founding Japan's first whisky distillery.’
    • ‘As the proud possessor of a relatively mild autoimmune disease, I sure hope this works.’
    • ‘He is the possessor of secrets, the man of self-discipline; he has a ‘knowingness’ of culture, politics, business.’
    1. 1.1Law A person who takes, occupies, or holds something without necessarily having ownership, or as distinguished from the owner.
      • ‘But for all other articles, including most knives, the onus is on the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the possessor intends to use it to cause injury.’
      • ‘Except in the case of joint possessors, possession is single and exclusive.’
      • ‘The wrongful acts of a previous possessor do not therefore diminish the plaintiff's claim in respect of the wrongful acts of a later possessor.’
      • ‘It is clear, however, that a right which is not opposable by the possessor of the right against the person from whom the right is due is not a right in the full legal sense.’
      • ‘He said that the law which defined the liability of the possessor of land in cases of that kind had been settled for many years.’

Pronunciation

possessor

/pəˈzesər//pəˈzɛsər/