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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.
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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) 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
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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.
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possessive

A case of nouns or pronouns that expresses ownership, often shown by an apostrophe followed by “s” as in Jane’s car.”
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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"
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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.
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possessive

adjective
Fearful of the loss of position or affection:
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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
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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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
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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.
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possessive

n. gr. adjetivo o pronombre posesivo;
a. posesivo-a.
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References in classic literature ?
And then there was the singular possessive adjective:
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.
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.
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.
But, his latest post shows that Kendall Jenner, too, is possessive about Hailey.
But the marriage was violent and Modiak was an obsessive, possessive bully who kept Louise away from her family and friends.
In doing so, I advance that one important cause of the perceived increase in sorcery is that idealized capitalist social relations that privilege possessive individualism to enable a possessive market society (Macpherson 1962) often run counter to distribution based cultural and social relations premised on networks of obligation and reciprocity that are common in Melanesia.
He repeatedly demanded to check his 33-year-old victim's phone and became possessive and abusive within weeks of their relationship starting.
She wants to stay at home all the time and she's very possessive, and gets mad if I do anything without her.
The numerous ways and patterns of expressing possessive relations in languages throughout the world have enabled linguists to work out taxonomies of linguistic means capable of conveying the idea of possession.