• WordNet 3.6
    • adj possessive desirous of owning "small children are so possessive they will not let others play with their toys"
    • adj possessive having or showing a desire to control or dominate "a possessive parent"
    • adj possessive serving to express or indicate possession "possessive pronouns","the genitive endings"
    • n possessive the case expressing ownership
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Map Showing Routes of Cartier, Champlain, and La Salle, also French and English Possessions at the Time of the Last French War Map Showing Routes of Cartier, Champlain, and La Salle, also French and English Possessions at the Time of the Last...
Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.
    • Possessive (Gram) A possessive pronoun, or a word in the possessive case.
    • a Possessive Of or pertaining to possession; having or indicating possession.
    • Possessive (Gram) The possessive case.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • possessive Pertaining to or denoting possession; expressing possession: as in a lady's dress, their house, a mere notion of John's.
    • n possessive A pronoun or other word denoting possession.
    • n possessive The possessive case.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Possessive pertaining to or denoting possession
    • n Possessive (gram.) a pronoun denoting possession: the possessive case
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  • Aristotle
    “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.”
  • Charles Kingsley
    “He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves...”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. possessivus,: cf. F. possessif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. possidēre, possessum.


In literature:

It were well that she possessed this spirit, being in this instance an offset to injured delicacy.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
No man ever possessed it, the law annihilated it forever.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The fibers are of a dark red color, and possess great strength.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
When we arrived at Koedoesberg that afternoon, we found that the English had already taken possession of the hill.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
What horror and stupefaction took possession of my soul.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
He was a young man, a shade on the better side of thirty-five, but he possessed none of the features associated with the men of the trail.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
In his possession were many of the inner secrets of the German Government, and these were given to the officials in Washington.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
They possessed Mentz, Triers, Bonne, Keiserswaert, Philipsburgh, and Landau.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Then they were possessed by the evil spirit.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
He hastened back to New York Bay, took possession of the country in the name of Holland, and then set sail for Europe.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe

In poetry:

Yet let us not boast, like a Dives possessing
Garners of wheat with enough and to spare;
But humbly and thankfully taking the blessing
Praise the good Giver, and seek Him in pray'r!
"Harvest Hymn: A Second" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And yet, because his was the pride
Possessed by earnest men and brave,
He stayed by his weak brothers' side
And there he fought, loved, laughed and died,
And went, loved, to his grave.
"To the Memory of Claude Marquet" by C J Dennis
O Happiness, celestial fair,
Our earliest hope, our latest care
Let us not sue in vain!
O deign to hear our fond request,
Come, take possession of our breast,
And there for ever reign.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
I do well to be angry; 'tis horror to think
Of mothers possessed by the demon of drink,
Who lay on his altar their all upon earth,
The treasures of childhood, the home, and the hearth.
"The Demon Drink!" by Janet Hamilton
And being home, memory becomes a passion
With which she feeds her brood and straws her nest,
Aware of ghosts that haunt the heart's possession
And exiled love mourning within the breast.
"Death of the Bird " by A D Hope

He loves not much who loves not honor more;
If men lack this then love must lack as well;
If this possessed no tongue love's depths can tell;
The heart an ocean filled from shore to shore.
"True Love" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Linkin Park now hold sole possession of having had more No.
Udrih's stay on the court was short, but he was credited with an assist on one of his first possessions.
QB Geno Smith now possesses 24 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
To possess them, they first must buy them.
Christina Curtner (21) buries a three-pointer on the Lady Rockets' second possession of the game.
Joseph T "Joey" Caron was remembered as a man of many facets and talents who possessed one driving force: protecting freedom for family and friends.
The Possession' wins lowest box office of the year.
Google Maps A traffic stop at MIna Drive and Route 440 North leads to arrest of Jersey City man facing charges of drug possession, Bayonne police say.
Kyra Sedgwick attends The Possession Premiere held at The Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California on August 28th, 2012.
The Possession Is Devilishly and is a breath of fresh air .
We know, it seems like every other month there's a new demonic possession movie.
Recently, I was reading an article online that stated that more than half of the major cities in China possess substandard air quality, with excessive smog an almost daily occurrence.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division has recommended keeping the brook trout daily possession limit in the Upper Peninsula at five fish per day.
As one of contemporary R&B's brightest stars, John Legend possesses Grammys and hits galore.
Ringgold, who has prior robbery, firearm and felony drug convictions, faces charges of firearm possession by a person prohibited, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

In science:

In fact, in , it is proved that a non-singular system G(x, y , p) = 0 is of Clairaut type in the sense of Dara if and only if the system possesses the system of complete solutions consisting of classical (smooth) solutions.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Galaxy clusters possess turbulent magnetic fields with a dom inant scale length lB ≃ 1 − 10 kpc.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
We assume that the magnetic fluctuations possess an inertial range extending from an outer scale lB to a much smaller inner scale ld with the magnetic energy dominated by scales ≃ lB .
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
We consider magnetic fluctuations that possess an inertial range extending from an outer scale lB to a much smaller inner scale ld with the magnetic energy dominated by scales ∼ lB .
The divergence of neighboring magnetic field lines and fast-particle diffusion in strong magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, with application to thermal conduction in galaxy clusters
Under rather general conditions (see for a detailed discussion) they are completely integrable, in the sense that they possess n commuting integrals of motion.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces