from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case expressing possession, measurement, or source.
- adj. Of or relating to an affix or construction, such as a prepositional phrase, characteristic of the genitive case.
- n. The genitive case.
- n. A word or form in the genitive case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses origin or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.
- n. An inflection pattern (of any given language) that expresses origin or ownership and possession.
- n. A word inflected in the genitive case; a word indicating origin, ownership or possession.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses source or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.
- n. The genitive case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, pertaining to or indicating origin, source, possession, and the like: an epithet applied to a case in the declension of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc., which in English is called the possessive case, or to the relation expressed by such a case: as, patris, ‘of a father, a father's,’ is the genitive case of the Latin noun pater, a father.
- n. In grammar, a case in the declension of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc., expressing in the widest sense a relation of appurtenance between one thing and another, an adjectival relation of one noun to another, or more specifically source, origin, possession, and the like; in English grammar, the possessive case.
- n. Abbreviated genitive
- Connected with or relating to generation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. serving to express or indicate possession
- n. the case expressing ownership
_Words denoting a part are often used with the genitive of the whole, known as the «partitive genitive».
The possessive genitive often stands in the predicate, especially after the forms of «sum», and is then called the _predicate genitive_.
Words denoting a part are often used with the genitive of the whole, known as _the partitive genitive_.
Such a genitive, denoting the whole of which a part is taken, is called a «partitive genitive».
The genitive is the most interesting case in English, since it is the only one that you have a choice to use (as you could make an of-genitive as well).
So here it looks like the double genitive is the best option.
But here’s what’s weird about Kilpatrick’s argument: he claims that the double genitive is wasteful.
This zero grade form is attested in the dative, but not in the genitive, which is odd.
Even in classical authors however the so-called genitive absolute is sometimes not employed with the precision which grammarians might desire, e.g. -
In Mark 10: 6 the most likely use of the genitive is the genitive of apposition (or epexegetic genitive), such as the phrase "the temple of his body" (John 2: 21) .6 The second word refers to the same object as the first word, only identifying it with a different noun.