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POSSESSOR. He who holds, detains or enjoys a thing, either by himself or his agent, which he claims as his own.
     2. In general the possessor of personal chattels is presumed to be the owner; and in case of real estate he has a right to receive the profits, until a title adverse to his possession has been established, leaving him subject to an action for the mesne profits. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(16.) I tried example (23) with other possessors more likely to elicit empathy, and the sentence was still deemed infelicitous.
A subset of nonnuclear-weapons states maintains policies that are disconcertingly aligned with those of nuclear-weapons possessors. States that participate in nuclear alliances, such as NATO, are wantonly complicit in obstructing progress toward nuclear disarmament.
2K2.1(b)(5) for trafficking firearms to people he knew (or had reason to know) were unlawful users or possessors.
His topics include suretyship: the relationship between the creditor and the surety, conventional mortgages: usufructs and leases, the rights of third-part possessors, examples of differences between title examination issues and litigation issues involving the ranking of mortgages and privileges, and the relationship of federal due process and certain other federal laws to Louisiana foreclosures.
Nikolaeva (1999 : 52) calls the case 'a construction with multiple possessors').
During the operation police arrested drug pedlers, illegal arms possessors, wanted criminals and elements involved in other crimes.
Personal insults are flyinglosers, liars, possessors of weak moral fiber.
The real Crown of Thorns has the power to heal people if they are still alive; but not the possessor. A message on the floor of the leather case that holds the real Crown, while written in Hebrew, is an ancient code that defies attempts to decipher it by any of the possessors throughout its journey; until Charles Edmonds and Lord James Halliday become involved in 1989.
And just like when you buy a deck with killer graphics, you gotta decide whether to skate it or hang it--so too must the possessors of these pies face a hard decision: eat it or keep it.
The police said that some suspected possessors of narcotics were detained.
However, a finder who intends to keep the goods in defiance of the owner's right or who immediately on taking possession uses the goods for his personal benefit may forfeit the normal immunity accorded to such possessors and be sued for trespass to goods or conversion.