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POSSESSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does possessive mean? 

POSSESSIVE (noun)
  The noun POSSESSIVE has 1 sense:

1. the case expressing ownership

  Familiarity information: POSSESSIVE used as a noun is very rare.


POSSESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective POSSESSIVE has 3 senses:

1. serving to express or indicate possession
2. desirous of owning
3. having or showing a desire to control or dominate

  Familiarity information: POSSESSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSSESSIVE (noun)


Sense 1possessive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The case expressing ownership

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

genitive; genitive case; possessive; possessive case

Hypernyms ("possessive" is a kind of...):

oblique; oblique case (any grammatical case other than the nominative)


POSSESSIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Serving to express or indicate possession

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

genitive; possessive

Context examples:

possessive pronouns / the genitive endings

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Pertainym:

possessive case (the case expressing ownership)


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Meaning:

Desirous of owning

Context example:

small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys

Similar:

acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)


Sense 3possessive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or showing a desire to control or dominate

Context example:

a possessive parent

Similar:

dominant (exercising influence or control)


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