But with the clarity of retrospect, it already showed signs of the possessiveness and jealousy that would follow years later.
Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness: the words "gain" and "profit" suggest this.
Of course, she was not for him—not with that possessiveness.
For effrontery of possessiveness is there anything that can exceed the nest-making, planet-populating, female, human woman?
He was overwhelmed by the possessiveness of the awful thing.
Exaggerations of possessiveness in the individual are parallel and of a piece with the clutching greed of nations and emperors.
Anger, defiance, pride and possessiveness supply the motives of their songs.
In the few mad hours of their association they had come to belong to each other with a possessiveness that was beyond words.
I had all the while been conscious of something abnormal in his attitude—a lack of ease in his gross 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.
The case of a noun or pronoun that shows possession. Nouns are usually made possessive by adding an apostrophe and s: “The bicycle is Sue's, not Mark's.” Possessive pronouns can take the place of possessive nouns: “The bicycle is hers, not his.” (See nominative case and objective case.)