834. Physical and legal possession distinguished.

'Possession' is a word of ambiguous meaning1, and its legal senses do not coincide with the popular sense2. Its meaning depends upon the context in which it is used3. In English law it may be treated not merely as a physical condition protected by ownership, but as a right in itself4. The word 'possession'5 may mean effective, physical or manual control, or occupation, evidenced by some outward act, sometimes called de facto possession or detention6 as distinct from a legal right to possession7. This is a question of fact rather than of law8.

'Possession' may mean legal possession: that possession