from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Used as a modifier before a noun: The airline canceled its early flight to New York.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. The one (or ones) belonging to it.
  • pro. Its is even rarer in double possessive constructions.
  • n. Plural form of it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Possessive form of the pronoun it. See it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The possessive case of the neuter pronoun it. See it, 1 , and he I., C .


Alteration of it's : it + -'s.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From it +‎ 's. (Wiktionary)



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  • A newcomer to the pronoun system, only arising around 1600. It does not occur in the Authorized Version of the Bible, for example, which continues to use the transitional form thereof.

    July 2, 2010

  • 'tisn't

    April 4, 2009

  • Its not?

    April 4, 2009

  • *Amazingly*, this word is not interchangeable with it's.

    April 3, 2009