- 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 possessiveness
But with the clarity of retrospect, it already showed signs of the possessiveness and jealousy that would follow years later.The Nonfiction ‘Middlesex’: Alexander Stille’s ‘The Force of Things’
February 22, 2013
Of course, she was not for him—not with that possessiveness.The Search
Grace Livingston Hill
He was overwhelmed by the possessiveness of the awful thing.At the Crossroads
Harriet T. Comstock
Exaggerations of possessiveness in the individual are parallel and of a piece with the clutching greed of nations and emperors.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
For effrontery of possessiveness is there anything that can exceed the nest-making, planet-populating, female, human woman?The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Anger, defiance, pride and possessiveness supply the motives of their songs.Birds of the wave and woodland
Phil (Philip Stewart) Robinson
- 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 possessiveness
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.