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What's the difference between possession and inheritance?

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gillz89 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM via iOS

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What's the difference between possession and inheritance?

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sarahharun | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Possession is to have or own or control something like property, ownership, tenure, holding, estate etc.

Inheritance is receiving money, property or a title as an heir at the death of a previous holder. It could also mean to succeed someone.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM (Answer #2)

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There is some overlap between the two words, but there is an important difference when it comes to timing. 

A possession is something that you possess. This can be legal or illegal. Assuming that what you possess is legal (that is, it is not stolen or forbidden), then you own it and have rights over it. So, if you want to destroy it, you can. 

An inheritance will be yours legally at a designated point in time. Usually, it is when someone dies, but not necessarily so. We can say that an inheritance is the act of passing on something - property, titles, and even debts - to another individual. Finally, when you inherit it, then it is part of your possessions. 

 

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