Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Possessive"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Possessive \Pos*sess"ive\, n.
1. (Gram.) The possessive case.

2. (Gram.) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Possessive \Pos*sess"ive\, a. [L. possessivus: cf. F.
Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating

{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

{Possessive pronoun}, a pronoun denoting ownership; as, his
name; her home; my book.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (grammar) serving to express or indicate possession;
"possessive pronouns"; "the genitive endings" [syn: {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"

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