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pos·ses·sive

 (pə-zĕs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Of or relating to ownership or possession.
2. Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others: a possessive parent.
3. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a noun or pronoun case that indicates possession.
n. Grammar
1. The possessive case.
2. A possessive form or construction.

pos·ses′sive·ly adv.
pos·ses′sive·ness n.

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) grammar
a. another word for genitive1
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
(Grammar) grammar
a. the possessive case
b. a word or speech element in the possessive case
posˈsessively adv
posˈsessiveness n

pos•ses•sive

(pəˈzɛs ɪv)

adj.
1. desiring to dominate or be the only influence on someone.
2. of or pertaining to possession or ownership.
3. indicating possession, ownership, origin, etc., as Jane's in Jane's coat. His in his book is a possessive adjective. His in The book is his is a possessive pronoun. Compare genitive (def. 1).
n.
4. the possessive case.
5. a possessive form or construction.
pos•ses′sive•ly, adv.
pos•ses′sive•ness, n.

possessive

A case of nouns or pronouns that expresses ownership, often shown by an apostrophe followed by “s” as in Jane’s car.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possessive - the case expressing ownership
oblique, oblique case - any grammatical case other than the nominative
attributive genitive, attributive genitive case - a word in the genitive case that is used as an attributive adjective; "an example of the attributive genetive is `John's' in `John's mother'"
Adj.1.possessive - serving to express or indicate possession; "possessive pronouns"; "the genitive endings"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
2.possessive - desirous of owning; "small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
3.possessive - having or showing a desire to control or dominate; "a possessive parent"
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

possessive

adjective
1. jealous, controlling, dominating, domineering, proprietorial, overprotective Danny could be very jealous and possessive of me.
2. selfish, grasping, acquisitive He's very possessive about his car.

possessive

adjective
Fearful of the loss of position or affection:
Translations
تَمَلُّكي، مُتَمَلِّكيَشير إلى الملكيَّه
panovačnýpřivlastňovací
besiddendedensditdominerendehans
birtokolni vágyóbirtokos
drottnunargjarn, ráîríkureignar-
iyelikkıskançmülkiyetçipaylaşmayı sevmeyen

possessive

[pəˈzesɪv]
A. ADJ
1. [person] → posesivo; [love etc] → dominante, tiránico
to be possessive about sth/towards sbser posesivo con algo/algn
2. (Ling) → posesivo
B. N (Ling) → posesivo m
C. CPD possessive pronoun Npronombre m posesivo

possessive

[pəˈzɛsɪv] adjpossessif/ive
to be possessive about sb → être possessif/ive avec qn
I am possessive about my car
BUT Je n'aime pas prêter ma voiture.possessive adjective nadjectif m possessif

possessive

adj (towards belongings) → eigen; mother, boyfriend, love, manner etcbesitzergreifend; streakbesitzergreifend, habgierig; to be possessive about somethingseine Besitzansprüche auf etw (acc)betonen; to be possessive toward(s) somebodyan jdn Besitzansprüche stellen
n (Gram: = pronoun, adjective) → Possessiv(um) nt

possessive

[pəˈzɛsɪv]
1. adj (gen, also) (Gram) → possessivo/a
an over-possessive wife → una moglie troppo possessiva
to be possessive about sth/towards sb → essere possessivo/a nei confronti di qc/qn
2. n (Gram) → possessivo

possess

(pəˈzes) verb
to own or have. How much money does he possess?
posˈsession (-ʃən) noun
1. something which is owned by a person, country etc. She lost all her possessions in the fire.
2. the state of possessing.
posˈsessive (-siv) adjective
1. showing that someone or something possesses an object etc. `Yours', `mine', `his', `hers', `theirs' are possessive pronouns; `your', `my', `his', `their' are possessive adjectives.
2. acting as though things and people are one's personal possessions. a possessive mother.
posˈsessively adverb
posˈsessiveness noun
posˈsessor noun
He is the proud possessor of a new car.

possessive

n. gr. adjetivo o pronombre posesivo;
a. posesivo-a.
References in classic literature ?
They had communities of knowledge, "their" knowledge (this discriminating possessive was always on her lips) of presences of the other age, presences all overlaid, in his case, by the experience of a man and the freedom of a wanderer, overlaid by pleasure, by infidelity, by passages of life that were strange and dim to her, just by "Europe" in short, but still unobscured, still exposed and cherished, under that pious visitation of the spirit from which she had never been diverted.
Smallweed's favourite adjective of disparagement is so close to his tongue that he begins the words "my dear friend" with the monosyllable "brim," thus converting the possessive pronoun into brimmy and appearing to have an impediment in his speech.
And then there was the singular possessive adjective:
Every citizen of Kingsport feels a thrill of possessive pride in Old St.
And even as he looked, the brute deliberately stretched himself after the manner of a lazy dog, yawning full in his face and looking upon him with a possessive eye, as if, in truth, he were merely a delayed meal that was soon to be eaten.
Bert was very possessive with Mary, almost roughly so, resting his hand on hers, catching and holding it, and, once, forcibly slipping off her two rings and refusing to return them for a long while.
The same yi 'do' deletion may account for the case where naa is followed by durative/intensive ta, probably the possessive pronoun 'that.
At the beginning of the Gospel reading, John--from whom we don't hear much throughout the Gospel of Mark--seeks to maintain a tight control over those who are performing exorcisms; John is possessive of work done in Jesus' name.
As a fairy tale, it has an enigmatic, beautiful water sprite, a wealthy, handsome prince, a fisherman and his mad but psychic wife, a menacing forest, a neighboring princess, a ghostly apparition, and an elusive but possessive father.
A psychological study of an overly possessive mother, often told from the unreliable viewpoint of the deranged woman herself, the film obviously aims to be a sympathetic rummage through a love-damaged belfry.
Sure, company-affiliated schools can be possessive too, but I haven't heard any horror stories about them.
But in contrast to Urry's analytical model, Bonami's more possessive trope of "the tourist's eye" subjectifies and personalizes.