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Definition 1: the case expressing ownership - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for possessive in the sense of this definition

(possessive is a kind of ...) any grammatical case other than the nominative

(... is a kind of possessive ) a word in the genitive case that is used as an attributive adjective

"an example of the attributive genetive is `John's' in `John's mother'"

Definition 2: serving to express or indicate possession - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where possessive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • possessive pronouns
  • the genitive endings

Synonyms for possessive in the sense of this definition

(possessive belongs to category ...) the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

Definition 3: desirous of owning - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where possessive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys

(possessive is similar to ...) eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas

"an acquisitive mind" "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"

Definition 4: having or showing a desire to control or dominate - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where possessive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a possessive parent

(possessive is similar to ...) exercising influence or control

"television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion" "the dominant partner in the marriage"

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