Meaning of possessive


Being possessive means you’re being a little selfish about people or things in your life: you’re clinging to them tightly and saying “Mine!”

Being possessive isn’t a good thing — possessive people are usually insecure and controlling. For example, you’re being possessive of your pooch if you won’t let anyone else play with it. A friend might be possessive of you if they get jealous when you hang out with other people. But in grammar, possessive is less creepy: a possessive word indicates ownership, like the word “dog’s” in the sentence “Your dog’s bowl just spilled on the carpet.”

Definitions of possessive
  1. adjective

    serving to express or indicate possession

    possessive pronouns”


  2. adjective

    desirous of owning

    “small children are so
    possessive they will not let others play with their toys”


    eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
  3. adjective

    having or showing a desire to control or dominate

    possessive parent”


    exercising influence or control
  4. noun

    the case expressing ownership


    genitive, genitive case, possessive case

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    attributive genitive, attributive genitive case

    a word in the genitive case that is used as an attributive adjective
    type of:

    oblique, oblique case

    any grammatical case other than the nominative

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