- The definition of possessive is being unwilling to share and wanting everything for yourself or demanding all of a person's time, love and attention.
- An example of possessive is a child who grabs all the toys and won't share them.
- An example of possessive is a jealous spouse who doesn't ever want you to go out or do anything without him.
possessive definition by Webster's New World
- of possession, or ownership
- showing, or characterized by a desire for, possession: a possessive child
- having or showing a desire to dominate, control, influence, etc.: a possessive mother
- Gram. designating or of a case, form, or construction expressing possession or some like relationship: in English, this is expressed a) by the addition of a final s (for nouns and some pronouns) preceded or followed by an apostrophe, or sometimes by the addition of an apostrophe only after a final (s) sound (Ex.: John's book, women's lives, boys' games, conscience' sake) b) by a change of form in pronouns (Ex.: I, my, mine; you, your, yours; it, its; who, whose) c) by of preceding a form without the possessive ending (Ex.: lives of men) or preceding a form in the possessive case (Ex.: a play of Shakespeare's, a friend of mine — called a )
Origin: Classical Latin possessivus
- the possessive case
- a word or phrase in this case
possessive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Of or relating to ownership or possession.
- Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others: a possessive parent.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being a noun or pronoun case that indicates possession.
- The possessive case.
- A possessive form or construction.
- pos·sesˈsive·ly adverb
- pos·sesˈsive·ness noun