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Meaning of POSSESSIVE

Pronunciation:  pu'zesiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  desirous of owning; "small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys"
  2. [adj]  having or showing a desire to control or dominate; "a possessive parent"
  3. [adj]  (grammar) serving to express or indicate possession; "possessive pronouns"; "the genitive endings"
 

POSSESSIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: acquisitive, dominant, genitive
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pos*sess"ive\, a. [L. possessivus: cf. F.
    possessif.]
    Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating
    possession.
    
    {Possessive case} (Eng. Gram.), the genitive case; the case
       of nouns and pronouns which expresses ownership, origin,
       or some possessive relation of one thing to another; as,
       Homer's admirers; the pear's flavor; the dog's
       faithfulness.
    
    {Possessive pronoun}, a pronoun denoting ownership; as, his
       name; her home; my book.
    
    
  2. \Pos*sess"ive\, n.
    1. (Gram.) The possessive case.
    
    2. (Gram.) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive
       case.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: acquisitive, ambitious for self, autistic, careerist, controlling, covetous, dominating, domineering, egotistical, grasping, greedy, individualistic, materialistic, narcissistic, niggardly, overbearing, personalistic, possessory, privatistic, proprietary, remote, self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-advancing, self-besot, self-centered, self-considerative, self-contained, self-devoted, self-esteeming, self-indulgent, self-interested, selfish, self-jealous, self-occupied, self-pleasing, self-seeking, self-serving, self-sufficient, stingy, ungenerous, ungiving, unyielding
 

 

 

 

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