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possessive    : [pəz'ɛsɪv]
Possessive \Pos*sess"ive\, a. [L. possessivus: cf. F.
possessif.]
Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating
possession.
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{Possessive case} (Eng. Gram.), the genitive case; the case
of nouns and pronouns which expresses ownership, origin,
or some possessive relation of one thing to another; as,
Homer's admirers; the pear's flavor; the dog's
faithfulness.

{Possessive pronoun}, a pronoun denoting ownership; as, his
name; her home; my book.
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Possessive \Pos*sess"ive\, n.
1. (Gram.) The possessive case.
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2. (Gram.) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive
case.
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possessive
adj 1: serving to express or indicate possession; "possessive
pronouns"; "the genitive endings" [synonym: {possessive},
{genitive}]
2: desirous of owning; "small children are so possessive they
will not let others play with their toys"
3: having or showing a desire to control or dominate; "a
possessive parent"
n 1: the case expressing ownership [synonym: {genitive}, {genitive
case}, {possessive}, {possessive case}]




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