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Definition of the adjective possessive

What does possessive mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. serving to express or indicate possession
  2. desirous of owning
    • example: small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys
    • similar: acquisitive
  3. having or showing a desire to control or dominate
    • example: a possessive parent
    • similar: dominant

Alternative definition of the adjective possessive


  1. Of or pertaining to ownership or possession.
  2. [grammar] Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc.
  3. Unwilling to yield possession of.

Definition of the noun possessive

What does possessive mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: possessives

  1. the case expressing ownership

Alternative definition of the noun possessive


  1. [grammar] The possessive case.


Possessive: A possessive form is a word or grammatical construction used to indicate a relationship of possession in a broad sense. In English, possession is in fact expressed in only about 40 percent of the situations labeled as "possessive" by some linguists, which is why many consider the term incorrect and misleading and instead prefer others, especially the more traditional term "genitive".

Phrases with Possessive

  1. possessive case
  2. Possessive suffix
  3. Possessive Pronoun
  4. Possessive-Pronoun
  5. Possessive Adjective
  6. Possessive determiner
  7. Reflexive Possessive Pronoun
  8. double possessive

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Possessive

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Google previewA Dictionary of Owa (2014)

A Language of the Solomon Islands by Greg Mellow

Reflexive Pronoun The reflexive pronoun, merea-na 'himself' takes the possessive suffix for person, number and inclusivity. It is completely regular in form. Reflexive Pronoun Inclusive Exclusive 1st Person 1st Person 2nd Person 3rd ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Modern English Grammar (2001)

Grammar, Syntax and Style for the 21st Century by Ned Halley

There remains the little problem of where the apostrophe goes according to single and plural possessive use. But again, it's simple. If the possessor is single, as in "the girl's hat" the apostrophe is placed before the 's.' If the possessor is plural, ...

Google previewThe People's Dictionary and Every-day Encyclopedia (1883)

Comprising All the Information Needed Upon Any Subject in Daily Use : a Hand-book for Everybody for Each Day in the Year

They are thus declined : Nominative Case, Objective Case, Possessive Case, Nominative Case, Objective Case, Possessive Case, The possessive cases of these pronouns are sometimes spoken of as a class by them* selves, and called ...

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The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses. (Van Wyck Brooks)
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Scrabble value of P3O1S1S1E1S1S1I1V4E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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