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1Demanding someone's total attention and love.‘has he become jealous or possessive?’‘he placed a firm, possessive hand on her elbow’
proprietorial, overprotective, clinging, controlling, dominating, jealousView synonyms
- ‘She's always been so possessive and she just… I don't know.’
- ‘She had lot of people who claimed her attention but later on a particular man became more possessive of her and she stopped entertaining others.’
- ‘He was overly possessive, and he freaked if I mentioned another guy's name.’
- ‘I think that men's love is very possessive and involves ownership, competition, and performance.’
- ‘The men looked away hurriedly when they looked upon the Princess's beauty, and possessive wives quickly drew their husband's attention.’
- ‘His great love remained his mother Louie, a dominating, possessive woman who spoiled and adored her son above everything else.’
- ‘That kiss was like nothing I had felt before and not in a nice way, it was possessive, aggressive and demanding… it scared me.’
- ‘Slowly he was becoming more and more possessive, controlling, demanding.’
- ‘Instead of being demanding and possessive like before, he was a whole new different man.’
- ‘The mania type of love can be characterized as obsessive in that it is possessive and dependent.’
- ‘And that's typically what happens where a mother may be very, very possessive of that child.’
- ‘You are a very possessive and demanding person, rarely impulsive or casual.’
- ‘People get possessive, and people are not as romantic as they used to be.’
- ‘Others unintentionally sabotage their relationships by exhibiting overly possessive, clinging, dependent behaviour.’
- ‘He had never professed love, just a lustful possessive desire that fueled the cruelty in his obsession.’
- ‘Other poems present maternal love as liberating, not possessive.’
- ‘Although she may claim that her possessive behaviour arises from her love, there might be a need for her to realize that love must be sustained by trust.’
- ‘Now, in some relationships certain parties are very possessive of their partner.’
- ‘He said yesterday: ‘I have no doubt David loved Ann very much, but it was a possessive and jealous love.’’
- ‘Does that mean she's already taken by an overly possessive Johnny?’
- 1.1Showing an unwillingness to share one's possessions.‘young children are proud and possessive of their own property’
grasping, greedy, acquisitive, covetous, selfishView synonyms
- ‘There were a lot of books that were in the children's names that were burnt, and children are very possessive of their things.’
- ‘Oh look, I can understand him feeling very possessive about his budget, he's been working on it a long time, but I think he needs to calm down a bit.’
- ‘She is very possessive of polar paraphernalia.’
- ‘Retrograde Scorpio Venus tends to showcase the acquisitive, possessive, less lovely traits of the Tauran shadow.’
- ‘A woman can be very possessive about personal accessories.’
- ‘An eagle is possessive and once it has caught a fox it will not let go.’
- ‘If we were not greedy, possessive creatures why would we need a means to measure our worth?’
- ‘Naturally, he is very possessive about his collection.’
Relating to or denoting the case of nouns and pronouns expressing possession.
- ‘Relations that are implicit in the semantic structure of a possessed noun can affect the range of plausible interpretations of a possessive construction.’
- ‘But the evidence shows that possessive apostrophes have been dropping like flies for years.’
- ‘The possessive apostrophe disappeared in place names such as ‘Coopers Creek’ decades ago.’
- ‘It's a relational noun, which means that a possessive shows who the noun relates to.’
- ‘They can be used as components of compounds, but if they are used on their own they must be used with possessive prefixes.’
1A possessive word or form.
- ‘Special problems arise when you create possessives for names already ending in ‘s’.’
- ‘The rule is a perfectly absurd concoction, which grows out of a basic confusion about parts of speech (possessives are not adjectives, so you can't say ‘It looks John's,’ for example).’
- ‘All three examples are from the very first sentences of their essays; possessives are being used to introduce discourse referents.’
- ‘How do you do a possessive of a registered trademark that is itself already a possessive?’
- ‘Prenominal possessives (John's car, my hat) normally function as definite expressions.’
- 1.1The possessive case.
- ‘Some linguists believe that English possessive is no longer a case at all, but has become a clitic, an independent particle that is always pronounced as part of the preceding word.’
- ‘Actually, today, the possessive and genitive are virtually the same.’
- ‘We all know that in English you form the possessive by adding an apostrophe.’
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