Possessory actionor suit(Law), an action to regain or obtain possession of something. See under Petitory.

(Pos"set) n. [W. posel curdled milk, posset.] A beverage composed of hot milk curdled by some strong infusion, as by wine, etc., — much in favor formerly. "I have drugged their posset." Shak.

(Pos"set), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posseted; p. pr. & vb. n. Posseting.]

1. To curdle; to turn, as milk; to coagulate; as, to posset the blood. [Obs.] Shak.

2. To treat with possets; to pamper. [R.] "She was cosseted and posseted." O. W. Holmes.

(Pos`si*bil"i*ty) n.; pl. Possibilities [F. possibilité, L. possibilitas.]

1. The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing. "All possibility of error." Hooker. "Latent possibilities of excellence." Johnson.

2. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate. South. Burrill.

(Pos"si*ble) a. [F., fr. L. possibilis, fr. posse to be able, to have power; potis able, capable + esse to be. See Potent, Am, and cf. Host a landlord.] Capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things; — sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass; as, possibly he is honest, as it is possible that Judas meant no wrong.

With God all things are possible.
Matt. xix. 26.

Syn. — Practicable; likely. See Practicable.

(Pos"si*bly), adv. In a possible manner; by possible means; especially, by extreme, remote, or improbable intervention, change, or exercise of power; by a chance; perhaps; as, possibly he may recover.

Can we . . . possibly his love desert?

When possibly I can, I will return.

(Pos"sum) n. [Shortened from opossum.] (Zoöl.) An opossum. [Colloq. U. S.]

To play possum, To act possum, to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; — in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed.

(Post-) [L. post behind, after; cf. Skr. paçcabehind, afterwards.] A prefix signifying behind, back, after; as, postcommissure, postdot, postscript.

(Post), a. [F. aposter to place in a post or position, generally for a bad purpose.] Hired to do what is wrong; suborned. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys.

(Post), n. [AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere, positum, to place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post.]

(Pos*sess"o*ry) a. [L. possessorius: cf. F. possessoire.] Of or pertaining to possession, either as a fact or a right; of the nature of possession; as, a possessory interest; a possessory lord.

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