Possessive



[puh-zes-iv] /pəˈzɛs ɪv/

adjective
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, especially excessively so:
Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover.
3.
of or relating to possession or ownership.
4.
Grammar.

noun, Grammar.
5.
the possessive case.
6.
a form in the possessive.
/pəˈzɛsɪv/
adjective
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)

noun
4.
(grammar)

adj.

mid-15c. (grammatical, also as a noun); 1550s in general use, from Middle French possessif (15c.) “relating to possession, possessive,” and directly from Latin possessivus, from possess-, past participle stem of possidere “to possess” (see possess). Related: Possessively; possessiveness.

The case of a noun or pronoun that shows possession. Nouns are usually made possessive by adding an apostrophe and s: “The bicycle is Sue’s, not Mark’s.” Possessive pronouns can take the place of possessive nouns: “The bicycle is hers, not his.” (See nominative case and objective case.)

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