What is possessive?

  • (adj): Desirous of owning.
    Example: "Small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Possessive

A possessive form, in linguistics, is a word or construction used to indicate a relationship of possession in a broad sense.

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Some articles on possessive:

Saxon Genitive
... In English, possessive words or phrases exist for nouns and most pronouns, as well as some noun phrases ... These can play the roles of determiners (also called possessive adjectives when corresponding to a pronoun) or of nouns ... Nouns, noun phrases and some pronouns generally form a possessive with the suffix -'s (or in some cases just by adding an apostrophe to an existing -s) ...
Strong Noun - See Also
... Unaccusative Unergative Weak Adjective Collateral Demonstrative Possessive Post-positive Adverb Genitive Conjunctive Flat Interrogative Prepositional Pronominal Pronoun Demonstrative ...
Suffixes In Hebrew - Possessives and Direct Objects
... with Kamatz or Patach) Third person, singular, feminine direct object or possessive ... of produce) ךָ (Final Kaf with kamatz) Second person, singular, masculine direct object or possessive ... your means) נוּ (Nun and Vav with shuruk) First person, plural direct object or possessive ...
Possessive - Semantics
... The relationship expressed by possessive determiners and similar forms is not necessarily one of possession in the strict sense of ownership ... For more examples, see Possession (linguistics) and English possessive Semantics ...
Reciprocal Pronoun - See Also
... Weak Adjective Collateral Demonstrative Possessive Post-positive Adverb Genitive Conjunctive Flat Interrogative Prepositional Pronominal Pronoun ...

More definitions of "possessive":

  • (adj): Having or showing a desire to control or dominate.
    Example: "A possessive parent"
  • (adj): Serving to express or indicate possession.
    Example: "Possessive pronouns"
    Synonyms: genitive

Famous quotes containing the word possessive:

    The narcissistic, the domineering, the possessive woman can succeed in being a “loving” mother as long as the child is small. Only the really loving woman, the woman who is happier in giving than in taking, who is firmly rooted in her own existence, can be a loving mother when the child is in the process of separation.
    Erich Fromm (20th century)