Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to ownership or possession.
  • adjective Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others.
  • adjective Grammar Of, relating to, or being a noun or pronoun case that indicates possession.
  • noun The possessive case.
  • noun A possessive form or construction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or denoting possession; expressing possession: as in a lady's dress, their house, a mere notion of John's.
  • noun A pronoun or other word denoting possession.
  • noun The possessive case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating possession.
  • adjective (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.
  • adjective a pronoun denoting ownership; as, his name; her home; my book.
  • noun (Gram.) The possessive case.
  • noun (Gram.) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to ownership or possession.
  • adjective grammar Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc.
  • adjective Unwilling to yield possession of.
  • noun grammar The possessive case.
  • noun grammar A word used to indicate the possessive case.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the case expressing ownership
  • adjective having or showing a desire to control or dominate
  • adjective serving to express or indicate possession
  • adjective desirous of owning

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin possessivus, of or pertaining to possession, from possessio, possessing, possidere, to possess.

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  • to want all to ones self. selfish and greedy

    December 6, 2006

  • Or not.

    November 20, 2009