Definition of possessiveness in US English:



  • See possessive

    • ‘Some people like to dominate, some are submissive, some can handle possessiveness, for others it would drive them crazy.’
    • ‘She wanted to overcome anger, possessiveness and jealousy.’
    • ‘Complications kick in, and previously contained feelings of jealousy, betrayal, insecurity and possessiveness threaten to overwhelm what had seemed a rather civilised arrangement.’
    • ‘The second is neurotic: everyone is liable to instinctive twinges of possessiveness, so lovers shouldn't rub each other's noses in adventures outside their patch.’
    • ‘I could put up with his outbursts, the jealousy and possessiveness but not the violence.’