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  • adj. Not possessed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not possessed; not owned; not held; not occupied.
  • Not in possession: used with of.


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un- +‎ possessed


  • Everything is good ... as long as it is unpossessed.


  • This also suggests a possible explanation for the subtle difference in meaning that The Ridger has suggested; the adjectivity of the unpossessed gerund puts the on the doer of the action, while the verbiness of the possessed gerund retains focus on the action.

    (Almost) Zero Tolerance, and linearly separable blogrolls « Motivated Grammar

  • I claimed, I think, a while back, I could offer such a why, or a how or both, and how: by falsifying proceedings, by pretending to the possession of unpossessed knowledge.


  • Though he is quite comfortable quoting Heidegger, he is the antithesis of a Heideggerian - uninterested in medieval agrarianism and utterly unpossessed of any religious affectation about the nature of work.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • There's no such thing as a free lunch and there's no such thing as an unpossessed person.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • He carried me over many fields of mortal men and over much land untilled and unpossessed, where savage wild-beasts roam through shady coombes, until I thought never again to touch the life-giving earth with my feet.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Each detail then peeks out at us like an aspect of the woman's spirit, unpossessed but also undirected and unable to reach out to passers-by or to return whatever desire the watching generates.

    Strange Affinities: A Partial Return to Wordsworthian Poetics After Modernism

  • It was like a beautiful woman left unpossessed who fades like old ink into parchment.


  • Man of property that he now was, the slender cheque he signed often gave rise to the thought: ‘Well, I suppose she just manages’; sliding into a vague wonder how she was faring otherwise in a world of men not wont to let beauty go unpossessed.

    In Chancery

  • In fact, Mr. Burke's novel, like Miss Slesinger's but from the opposite direction, is devoted to the unpossessed and unpossessing mind.



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