- jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
- desirous of possessing, especially excessively so: Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover.
- of or relating to possession or ownership.
- the possessive case.
- a form in the possessive.
Origin of possessive
Examples from the Web for possessively
He spoke to her possessively; he no longer depended, he directed.A Man's Hearth
Eleanor M. Ingram
He smiled in response and put his hand upon her firm, round arm, possessively, and they began to talk.The Pool in the Desert
Sara Jeanette Duncan
And as he held her fast, Toby forced back Sally's head and many times kissed her hotly and possessively.Coquette
"She shan't—it's not for your young ears," said Clarence possessively from where he stood, a little behind Gail.The Wishing-Ring Man
His lips pressed hers between the words closely, possessively, and again involuntarily she shivered.The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
- of or relating to possession or ownership
- having or showing an excessive desire to possess, control, or dominatea possessive mother
- another word for genitive (def. 1)
- denoting an inflected form of a noun or pronoun used to convey the idea of possession, association, etc, as my or Harry's
- the possessive case
- a word or speech element in the possessive case
Word Origin and History for possessively
mid-15c. (grammatical, also as a noun); 1550s in general use, from Middle French possessif (15c.) "relating to possession, possessive," and directly from Latin possessivus, from possess-, past participle stem of possidere "to possess" (see possess). Related: Possessively; possessiveness.