ownership

/oh"neuhr ship'/, n.
1. the state or fact of being an owner.
2. legal right of possession; proprietorship.
[1575-85; OWNER + -SHIP]

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law
      the legal relation between a person (individual, group, corporation, or government) and an object. The object may be corporeal, such as furniture, or completely the creature of law, such as a patent, copyright, or annuity; it may be movable, such as an animal, or immovable, such as land. Because the objects of property and the protected relations are different in every culture and vary according to law, custom, and economic system and the relative social status of those who enjoy its privileges, it is difficult to find a least common denominator of “ownership.” Ownership of property probably means at a minimum that one's government or society will help to exclude others from the use or enjoyment of one's possession without one's consent, which may be withheld except at a price.

      Legal relations with respect to objects are described in the following articles: property law; copyright; patent; trademark; trust. Related information may be found in the articles bankruptcy; contract; mortgage.

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