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

  • adj. Of or relating to ownership or possession.
  • adj. Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others: a possessive parent.
  • adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a noun or pronoun case that indicates possession.
  • n. Grammar The possessive case.
  • n. Grammar A possessive form or construction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to ownership or possession.
  • adj. Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc.
  • adj. Unwilling to yield possession of.
  • n. The possessive case.
  • n. A word used to indicate the possessive case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating possession.
  • n. The possessive case.
  • n. A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive case.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or denoting possession; expressing possession: as in a lady's dress, their house, a mere notion of John's.
  • n. A pronoun or other word denoting possession.
  • n. The possessive case.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the case expressing ownership
  • adj. having or showing a desire to control or dominate
  • adj. serving to express or indicate possession
  • adj. desirous of owning

Etymologies

Latin possessivus, of or pertaining to possession, from possessio, possessing, possidere, to possess. (Wiktionary)

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