Possession vs Dominion - What's the difference?

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Possession is a related term of dominion.

As a noun possession

is control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.

As a verb possession

is (obsolete) to invest with property.

As a proper noun dominion is

any of the self-governing nations of the british commonwealth.




(wikipedia possession) (en noun)
  • Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
  • Something that is owned.
  • The car quickly became his most prized possession .
    I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.
  • Ownership]]; [[take, taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
  • The car is in my possession .
    I'm in possession of the car.
  • A territory under the rule of another country.
  • Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions .
  • The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
  • Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession .
  • * Shakespeare
  • How long hath this possession held the man?
  • (sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
  • The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.}}
  • (linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
  • Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession''' — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable '''possession — my foot will always be mine.

    Usage notes

    * One who possesses is often said to have possession (of)'', ''hold possession (of)'', or ''be in possession (of) . * One who acquires is often said to take possession (of)'', ''gain possession (of)'', or ''come into possession (of) .


    * ight (obsolete) * owndom, retention * See also


    * absence


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To invest with property.
  • (Webster 1913)


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    (en noun)
  • Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
  • * Bible, Daniel iv. 34
  • I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion.
  • * Jowett
  • To choose between dominion or slavery.
  • predominance; ascendancy
  • * Dryden
  • Objects placed foremost ought have dominion over things confused and transient.
  • (sometimes, figurative) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
  • the dominions of a king
    the dominion of the passions
  • (historical) One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
  • (Biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
  • * Bible, Colossians 1:16
  • By him were all things created whether they be thrones, or dominions , or principalities, or powers.