WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pos•ses•sive /pəˈzɛsɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. desiring to dominate and be the only controlling influence on someone:a jealous, possessive husband.
  2. unwilling to share with other people;
  3. 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).

n. [countable]
  • Grammarthe possessive case.
  • Grammara possessive form or phrase.
  • pos•ses•sive•ly, adv. 
    pos•ses•sive•ness, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    pos•ses•sive  (pə zesiv), 
    1. jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
    2. desirous of possessing, esp. excessively so:Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover.
    3. of or pertaining to possession or ownership.
    4. [Gram.]
        • indicating possession, ownership, origin, etc. His in his book is a possessive adjective. His in The book is his is a possessive pronoun.
        • noting or pertaining to a case that indicates possession, ownership, origin, etc., as, in English, John's in John's hat.

    n. [Gram.]
  • Grammarthe possessive case.
  • Grammara form in the possessive.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin possessīvus. See possess, -ive
    • 1520–30
    pos•sessive•ly, adv. 
    pos•sessive•ness, n. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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. another word for genitive
    4. denoting an inflected form of a noun or pronoun used to convey the idea of possession, association, etc, as my or Harry's
    1. the possessive case
    2. a word or speech element in the possessive case

    posˈsessively adv posˈsessiveness n

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