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1possessive

adjective pos·ses·sive \pə-ˈze-siv also -ˈse-\

: not willing to share things with or lend things to other people

: wanting all of someone's attention and love

grammar : relating to a word or a form of a word that shows that something or someone belongs to something or someone else

Full Definition of POSSESSIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or constituting a word, a word group, or a grammatical case that denotes ownership or a relation analogous to ownership
2
:  manifesting possession or the desire to own or dominate
pos·ses·sive·ly adverb
pos·ses·sive·ness noun

Examples of POSSESSIVE

  1. If you marry him, he is only going to become even more jealous and possessive than he is now.
  2. The possessive form of dog is dog's.
  3. His and her are possessive pronouns.

First Known Use of POSSESSIVE

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2possessive

noun

: a possessive word or phrase

the possessive : the form of a word that shows possession or belonging

Full Definition of POSSESSIVE

1
:  a possessive word or word group
2
a :  the possessive case
b :  a word in the possessive case

Examples of POSSESSIVE

  1. Your and yours are possessives.
  2. The possessive of it is its.

First Known Use of POSSESSIVE

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
POSSESSIVELY Defined for Kids

1possessive

adjective pos·ses·sive \pə-ˈze-siv\

Definition of POSSESSIVE for Kids

1
:  being or belonging to the case of a noun or pronoun that shows possession <“His” is a possessive pronoun.>
2
:  showing the desire to possess or control :  unwilling to share

2possessive

noun

Definition of POSSESSIVE for Kids

:  a word or form of a word that shows possession

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