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Meaning of possessive by Wiktionary Dictionary

possessive


    Etymology

    Latin possessivus, of or pertaining to possession, from possessio, possessing, possidere, to possess .

    Adjective

    possessive ( comparative more possessive, superlative most possessive )

    1. Of or pertaining to ownership or possession .
    2. ( grammar ) Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc .
    3. Unwilling to yield possession of .
      He is very possessive of his car .

    Noun

    possessive ( countable and uncountable; plural: possessives )

    1. ( grammar ) The possessive case .
    2. ( grammar ) A word used to indicate the possessive case .


Explanation of possessive by Wordnet Dictionary

possessive


    Adjective
    1. desirous of owning

    2. small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys
    3. having or showing a desire to control or dominate

    4. a possessive parent
    5. serving to express or indicate possession

    6. possessive pronouns
    Noun
    1. the case expressing ownership



    Definition of possessive by GCIDE Dictionary

    possessive


    1. Possessive a. [L. possessivus: cf. F. possessif.] Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating possession.

      Possessive case ( Eng. Gram. ), the genitive case; the case of nouns and pronouns which expresses ownership, origin, or some possessive relation of one thing to another; as, Homer's admirers; the pear's flavor; the dog's faithfulness. -- Possessive pronoun, a pronoun denoting ownership; as, his name; her home; my book.

    2. Possessive n.
      1. ( Gram. ) The possessive case.

      2. ( Gram. ) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive case.