Pronunciation: (pu-zes'iv), [key]
1. jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
2. desirous of possessing, esp. excessively so: Young children are so possessive they will not allow others to play with their toys; a possessive lover.
3. of or pertaining to possession or ownership.
4. Gram.
a. indicating possession, ownership, origin, etc. His in his book is a possessive adjective. His in The book is his is a possessive pronoun.
b. noting or pertaining to a case that indicates possession, ownership, origin, etc., as, in English, John's in John's hat.

n. Gram.
1. the possessive case.
2. a form in the possessive.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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