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A holding can have different meanings depending on the context used. 

  1. A court's decision on a matter of law in civil procedure is called a "holding." It frequently refers to a ruling on a crucial issue that decides the outcome of the entire case.
  2. In commercial law, "holding" refers to legally owned property, which may include land, securities, or a subsidiary business owned by a corporation.
  3. The term "holding" in securities law refers to ownership of a security such as stock or bond. An individual’s or entity's holding of a security indicates their ownership of a specific number of shares.

[Last updated in February of 2023 by the Wex Definitions Team]