POSSESSIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of POSSESSIVE
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possessive
 a.  having or showing a desire to control or dominate
 n.  the case expressing ownership
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  The sight of that happy possessive gesture had aroused in Scarlett all the jealous animosity which had slumbered during the months when she had thought Ashley probably dead.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
2  She saw Maud Dyer peer at Erik with moist possessive eyes.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
3  And she loathed the domestic, the possessive; the maternal.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 1
4  The kingdom is upwards of three hundred leagues in diameter, and divided into thirty provinces; there the Fathers possess all, and the people nothing; it is a masterpiece of reason and justice.
Candide By Voltaire
Get Context   In XIV
5  It is sad to think that the love of a mother can possess villainous aspects.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER III—THE LARK
6  Gross natures have this in common with naive natures, that they possess no transition state.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER VIII—THE UNPLEASANTNESS OF RECEIVING INTO ONE'S H...
7  These words possess the mysterious and admirable property of swelling the bill on the following day.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER VIII—THE UNPLEASANTNESS OF RECEIVING INTO ONE'S H...
8  They possess nothing of their own, and they must not attach themselves to anything.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER II—THE OBEDIENCE OF MARTIN VERGA
9  The nuns here possess one privilege, it is to be taken to that cemetery at nightfall.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER I—WHICH TREATS OF THE MANNER OF ENTERING A CONVEN...
10  Nevertheless, whatever may be the contrast, all these toilers, from the highest to the most nocturnal, from the wisest to the most foolish, possess one likeness, and this is it: disinterestedness.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER I—MINES AND MINERS
11  Gold and silver possess an odor for them.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER IV—COMPOSITION OF THE TROUPE
12  The unfortunate convict is supposed to possess merely a sou; not at all, he possesses liberty.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER XX—THE TRAP
13  The wine-shops of the Faubourg Antoine, which have been more than once drawn in the sketches which the reader has just perused, possess historical notoriety.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER V—FACTS WHENCE HISTORY SPRINGS AND WHICH HISTORY ...
14  Parted lovers beguile absence by a thousand chimerical devices, which possess, however, a reality of their own.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER IV—A HEART BENEATH A STONE
15  We have happiness, we desire paradise; we possess paradise, we desire heaven.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER IV—A HEART BENEATH A STONE
Example Sentence: (67 in 5 pages)
16  Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
17  He distributed his possessions among his heirs.
18  That small room contained the sum total of the family's possessions.
19  They have no legal liability for damage to customers' possessions.
20  The management handed back his few possessions.
21  They threatened to shoot him and robbed him of all his possessions.
22  He went west as pioneer with only the possessions he could carry with him.
23  You cannot legally take possession of the property until three weeks after the contract is signed.
24  He was also charged with illegal possession of firearms.
25  The possession of a passport is essential for foreign travel.
26  No possession, but use, is the only riches.
27  Man's best possession is a loving wife.
28  Conquer of fear of death and you are put into possession of your life.
29  The possession of a degree does not guarantee you a job.
30  Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money.