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possessive

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

Simple Definition of possessive

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of possessive

  1. 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. 2 :  manifesting possession or the desire to own or dominate

possessively adverb
possessiveness noun

Examples of possessive in a sentence

  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.



15th Century

First Known Use of possessive

15th century

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possessive

noun pos·ses·sive

Simple Definition of possessive

  • : a possessive word or phrase

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of possessive

  1. 1 :  a possessive word or word group

  2. 2 a :  the possessive case b :  a word in the possessive case

Examples of possessive in a sentence

  1. Your and yours are possessives.

  2. The possessive of it is its.



15th Century

First Known Use of possessive

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



POSSESSIVE Defined for Kids

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possessive

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adjective pos·ses·sive \pə-ˈze-siv\

Definition of possessive for Students

  1. 1 :  being or belonging to the case of a noun or pronoun that shows possession <“His” is a possessive pronoun.>

  2. 2 :  showing the desire to possess or control :  unwilling to share




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noun pos·ses·sive

Definition of possessive for Students

  1. :  a word or form of a word that shows possession





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