- 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
Related Words for possessiveselfish, grasping, craving, acquisitive, avaricious, controlling, desirous, grabby, hoggish
Examples from the Web for possessive
Contemporary Examples of possessive
A jilted and possessive ex-lover who was jealous because Le was about to be married to another man?Yale Killer Caught on Tape?
September 14, 2009
Historical Examples of possessive
But he passed them by, for she was waiting for him and he was hungry for the possessive love of his slave.Life Sentence
The possessive construction seems to me, however, to be preferable.
The pronoun which, originally indeclinable, had no possessive.
His eyes were an index of the man, bold and possessive and unwavering.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
They never used the "s" in indication of the possessive case.My Bondage and My Freedom
- 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
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.