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possessive

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

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.

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First Known Use of possessive

15th century

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possessive

noun pos·ses·sive

Definition of possessive

  1. 1 :  a possessive word or word group

  2. 2a :  the possessive caseb :  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.

First Known Use of possessive

15th century

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POSSESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

possessive

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adjective

Definition of possessive for English Language Learners

  • : 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

possessive

noun

Definition of possessive for English Language Learners

  • : a possessive word or phrase

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


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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possessive

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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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