possessive adjective

noun

: a pronominal adjective expressing possession

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Suddenly, pronouns and possessive adjectives are on everyone’s minds. Christopher O. Blum, National Review, 12 Sep. 2019 That’s true despite the possessive adjective in the title, or the fact that the director, an artist, plays an artist, Ellie. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of possessive adjective was in 1870

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“Possessive adjective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possessive%20adjective. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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