1. evicted, as from a dwelling, land, etc.; ousted.
  2. without property, status, etc., as wandering or displaced persons; rootless; disfranchised.
  3. having suffered the loss of expectations, prospects, relationships, etc.; disinherited; disaffiliated; alienated: The modern city dweller may feel spiritually dispossessed.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
  2. to banish.
  3. to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.


  1. (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel

late 15c., from Old French despossesser “to dispossess,” from des- (see dis-) + possesser (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing.

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