Possessive meaning

pə-zĕsĭv
Frequency:
A possessive form or construction.
noun
13
1
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.

adjective
10
2
(grammar) The possessive case.
noun
9
3
Of possession, or ownership.
adjective
7
1
Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others.

A possessive parent.

adjective
4
0
Advertisement
Of or pertaining to ownership or possession.
adjective
3
0
Of or relating to ownership or possession.
adjective
3
1
Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others.

A possessive parent.

adjective
3
1
Unwilling to yield possession of.

He is very possessive of his car.

adjective
3
1
The possessive case.
noun
2
0
Advertisement
A word or phrase in this case.
noun
2
0
(grammar) A word used to indicate the possessive case.
noun
2
0
Of, relating to, or being a noun or pronoun case that indicates possession.
adjective
2
1
The possessive case.
noun
2
1
(grammar) Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc.
adjective
2
1
Advertisement
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 double possessive)
adjective
1
0

Origin of possessive

  • From Latin possessivus (“of or pertaining to possession"), from possessiō (“possessing"), from possidÄ“re (“to possess").

    From Wiktionary