possessive

[puh-zes-iv]
adjective
1.
jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
2.
desirous of possessing, especially excessively so: Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover.
3.
of or pertaining to possession or ownership.
4.
Grammar.
a.
indicating possession, ownership, origin, etc. His in his book is a possessive adjective. His in The book is his is a possessive pronoun.
b.
noting or pertaining to a case that indicates possession, ownership, origin, etc., as, in English, John's in John's hat.
noun Grammar.
5.
the possessive case.
6.
a form in the possessive.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin possessīvus. See possess, -ive

possessively, adverb
possessiveness, noun
nonpossessive, adjective
nonpossessively, adverb
nonpossessiveness, noun
unpossessive, adjective
unpossessively, adverb
unpossessiveness, noun

possessive, possessory.
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possessive (pəˈzɛsɪv)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to possession or ownership
2.  having or showing an excessive desire to possess, control, or dominate: a possessive mother
3.  grammar
 a.  another word for genitive
 b.  denoting an inflected form of a noun or pronoun used to convey the idea of possession, association, etc, as my or Harry's
 
n
4.  grammar
 a.  the possessive case
 b.  a word or speech element in the possessive case
 
pos'sessively
 
adv
 
pos'sessiveness
 
n

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possessive definition


The case of a noun or pronoun that shows possession. Nouns are usually made possessive by adding an apostrophe and s: “The bicycle is Sue's, not Mark's.” Possessive pronouns can take the place of possessive nouns: “The bicycle is hers, not his.” (See nominative case and objective case.)

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Example sentences
Paleontologists are overly possessive of human fossils.
Cisco is picking up on that becoming dominant and possessive.
He loves to play with toys, and he is not possessive over them at all.
Later he starts to get weirder, and more possessive.
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