Taking physical possession of personal property collateral pledged to secure a defaulted loan. American Banker Glossary

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repossession re‧pos‧ses‧sion [ˌriːpəˈzeʆn] noun [countable, uncountable] FINANCE PROPERTY
the act of repossessing property or goods:

• The court order allows the company to proceed with the repossession.

• an increase in car repossessions

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repossession UK US /ˌriːpəˈzeʃən/ noun also INFORMAL repo) FINANCE, PROPERTY
[C or U] the act of repossessing something: »

The mortgage market has seen a marked increase in repossessions.


House prices fell and thousands were left facing repossession.


Many banks are accused of being harsh in their repossession policies.

[C] a house that has been taken back by a bank because the owners cannot repay the loan that they took to buy it: »

When the house was sold as a repossession, it fetched just £45,000.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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