Definition of 'possessive'
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Some spouses tend to nag or criticise each other; others may be jealous or possessive. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some spouses tend to nag or criticise each other; others may be jealous or possessive. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Being close without being possessive gives love its best chance. The Sun (2012)We used to have lots of rows as he was very jealous and possessive. The Sun (2015)There is a jealousy that goes beyond protecting and becomes possessive. Christianity Today (2000)Arg had accused the tearful blonde of being jealous and possessive. The Sun (2011)But he was controlling and possessive. The Sun (2010)She had cause to feel possessive. Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France (2006)Maybe it was my possessive adjectives. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Everybody is a singular pronoun and requires a singular possessive pronoun: his or her. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)The intensity of his possessive attention is unchanged, but its quality is dramatically transformed. Trauma and Recovery (1992)She was on her own because she'd recently finished with her possessive and controlling boyfriend. The Sun (2014)He was a jealous, possessive guy before and that is just what he is now. The Sun (2014)He is possessive, jealous and treats her badly. The Sun (2012)A similar misunderstanding would occur if the writer opted for her as the singular possessive pronoun. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)The thing that really struck me was his attitude towards the two women, which was possessive and controlling. Times, Sunday Times (2013)A relationship looks good now you both can see the difference between being in love and being possessive. The Sun (2009)Whose is a possessive pronoun. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)You realise that you have become more possessive, that you would prefer your partner to commit herself more deeply to you. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)I had a previous relationship in which the man was jealous and possessive; this a long time ago. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He's got to settle down and commit; or else chill out and be less possessive. Times, Sunday Times (2014) Love is not possessive Love is open, embracing others. Positive Parent Power (1991) Form the possessive correctly. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)The problem with him is that he is already showing signs of being controlling and possessive, and that's likely to get worse. The Sun (2013)What was I to do with a possessive, selfish mother and a husband with similar traits? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Shortly after they met in person and became romantically involved, unemployed Young switched from being a seemingly perfect boyfriend to a possessive and controlling monster. The Sun (2015)
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Used Occasionally. possessive is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'possessive'
British English: possessive ADJECTIVE
Someone who is possessive about another person wants all that person's love and attention.
He could be very jealous and possessive about me.
Definition of possessive from the Collins English Dictionary
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