1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ about/of n Someone who is possessive about another person wants all that person's love and attention.

Danny could be very jealous and possessive about me...

He used to ring his possessive mother several times a day.

Derived words:
possessively ADV

Leaning over, he kissed her possessively on the mouth.

possessiveness N-UNCOUNT

I've ruined every relationship with my possessiveness.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ about n Someone who is possessive about things that they own does not like other people to use them.

People were very possessive about their coupons.

3) ADJ: ADJ n In grammar, a possessive determiner or possessive adjective is a word such as `my' or `his' which shows who or what something belongs to or is connected with. The possessive form of a name or noun has 's added to it, as in `Jenny's' or `cat's'.
4) N-COUNT A possessive is a possessive determiner or the possessive form of a name or noun.

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