dispossession, n.dispossessor, n.dispossessory /dis'peuh zes"euh ree/, adj.
/dis'peuh zes"/, v.t.
1. to put (a person) out of possession, esp. of real property; oust.
2. to banish.
3. to abandon ownership of (a building), esp. as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
[1425-75; DIS-1 + POSSESS; r. ME disposseden, equiv. to DIS-1 + posseden ( < OF posseder) < L possidere; see POSSESS]
Syn. 1. See strip1.

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