Definition of Possessive

1. Noun. The case expressing ownership.

2. Adjective. Serving to express or indicate possession. "The genitive endings"
Exact synonyms: Genitive
Category relationships: Grammar
Partainyms: Genitive Case, Possessive Case

3. Adjective. Desirous of owning. "Small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys"
Similar to: Acquisitive
Derivative terms: Possess, Possessiveness

4. Adjective. Having or showing a desire to control or dominate. "A possessive parent"
Similar to: Dominant
Derivative terms: Possess, Possessiveness

Definition of Possessive

1. a. Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating possession.

2. n. The possessive case.

Definition of Possessive

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to ownership or possession. ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar) Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc. ¹

3. Adjective. Unwilling to yield possession of. ¹

4. Noun. (grammar) The possessive case. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) A word used to indicate the possessive case. ¹

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Definition of Possessive

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Possessive

possession is nine-tenths of the law
possession is nine points of the law
possession of interest
possessive (current term)
possessive adjective
possessive adjectives
possessive case
possessive cases
possessive determiner
possessive determiners
possessive pronoun
possessive pronouns
possessive suffix
possessive suffixes

Literary usage of Possessive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Analytical and Practical Grammar of the English Language: Revised by Peter Bullions (1867)
"A substantive that limits the signification of another, must be put in the possessive case; 05, "Virtue's reward"—"John's books." 840. ..."

2. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by New York Academy of Sciences (1917)
"possessive pronominal elements are practically identical with the objective pronominal elements and related to the personal independent forms. ..."

3. A Grammar of the French Tongue: Grounded Upon the Decisions of the French by John Perrin (1832)
"THE conjunctive possessive pronouns come always before the nouns to which they arc ... Absolute possessive pronouns are put after the noun with the definite ..."

4. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1916)
"possessive Genitive 343. The possessive Genitive denotes the person or thing to which an ... The possessive Genitive may denote (1) the actual owner (as in ..."

5. Italian Grammar by Charles Hall Grandgent (1887)
"When the possessive stands alone in the predicate, the article is omitted if the possessive is used adjectively. Ex.: Questo cappello i mio, ..."

6. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"Point out all the nouns in the possessive case, and parse them according to the ... Mention particularly those passages in which the possessive would not be ..."

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