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pos•ses•sive /pəˈzɛsɪv/USA pronunciation
desiring to dominate and be the only controlling influence on someone:a jealous, possessive husband.
unwilling to share with other people;
Grammar(of a word, construction, or grammatical case) showing 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).genitive
Grammarthe possessive case.
Grammara possessive form or phrase.
pos•ses•sive•ness, n. [uncountable]
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possessive /pəˈzɛsɪv/ adj
- of or relating to possession or ownership
- having or showing an excessive desire to possess, control, or dominate: a possessive mother
- another word for genitive
- denoting an inflected form of a noun or pronoun used to convey the idea of possession, association, etc, as my or Harry's
posˈsessively adv posˈsessiveness n
- the possessive case
- a word or speech element in the possessive case
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