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    owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    Hello everyone

    Companies or businessmen have a business reputation.

    But how do native speakers say: owners of a business reputation, holders of a business reputation or possessors of a business reputation, meaning people/organizations who have a business reputation?

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    Re: owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    Can you ask your question in another way? I don't understand.

    A business has a reputation, an organization has a reputation.

    That organization's reputation for helping people is well founded.

    His company does not have a good business reputation.

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    Re: owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    A person who owns a house/a car is called an owner.
    A person who holds a passport is called a holder.

    The question asked by KLPO is:
    What do you call the company/entity which 'owns reputation'??

    I was saying that reputation is what others perceive of you and is not something which can be owned.
    Good reputation would be a valuable asset to 'own'(if you can use the word). What about bad reputation? Do you 'own' bad reputation too?

    not a teacher

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    Re: owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Can you ask your question in another way? I don't understand.

    A business has a reputation, an organization has a reputation.

    That organization's reputation for helping people is well founded.

    His company does not have a good business reputation.
    The difficulty for me is as follows: This phrase (owners/holders/possessors of a business reputation) is part of a text I'm translating. Here is this fragment:

    The legislation does not limit honor and dignity to the personal rights of a natural person or business reputation to the right of a legal entity and owners/holders/possesssors of a business reputation are not defined, which in practice leads to abuses on the part of officials of state agencies with respect to mass media.

    And here is an example of what the passage above implies (a fragment from the Code):

    The citizen or the legal entity shall have the right to claim through the court that the information, discrediting his or its honor, dignity or business reputation be refuted, unless the person who has spread such information proves its correspondence to reality.

    So I don't know how to rephrase "owners/holders/possesssors of a business reputation are not defined" without using one of these words (owner, holder or possessor).

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    Re: owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    In that sentence
    "and owners/holders/possesssors of a business reputation are not defined"

    may mean
    "and known associates are not defined"

    but because this is a legal document, I would be very careful to use exact words.

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    Re: owners vs. holders vs. possessors

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    In that sentence
    "and owners/holders/possesssors of a business reputation are not defined"

    may mean
    "and known associates are not defined"

    but because this is a legal document, I would be very careful to use exact words.
    Thank you very much, susiedqq.

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