repossess

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repossess

v. to take back property through judicial processes, foreclosure, or self-help upon default in required payments.

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repossess

to take back possession of property, especially for nonpayment of money due under a hire-purchase agreement. The right is circumscribed in many systems.
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"Although the bank was able to recoup the full value remaining on the car when it resold it, there was no distinction between me handing back the ear on my own accord and them repossessing it," she says.
He said he was repossessing the car and gave me five minutes get my things." Andrew, a 22-year-old labourer, offered to make good the missed payments immediately but was told his contract was terminated.
It was set up to establish grabbed government land by individuals or groups with a view of repossessing it for public use.
The Ministry of Justice said that while there was no evidence that other lenders were repossessing properties without court orders, it wanted to close the loophole.