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possessive

pos·ses·sive

possessive

 
 
pronunciation:
p ze sihv
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having a strong desire to own and keep things.
He is too possessive about his books to let me borrow one.
similar words:
greedy, jealous
definition 2: wanting to control friends or relatives and to stop them from having other friends because of jealousy.
Her possessive boyfriend always asks her where she's been.
similar words:
clinging, controlling, jealous
definition 3: showing ownership through grammar.
"His" is a possessive pronoun, and "John's" is a possessive noun.
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derivations: possessively (adv.), possessiveness (n.)