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possessive

(pə-zĕs′ĭv)
adj.
Having or manifesting a desire to control or dominate another, especially in order to limit that person's relationships with others: a possessive parent.

pos·ses′sive·ly adv.
pos·ses′sive·ness n.
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was experiencing a sick feeling of guilt and shame in the stomach every time her mother 'exploded' or 'looked through her possessively while using a pleading tone of voice, a cognitive confusion technique from neuro-linguistic programming called collapsing anchors (O'Connor & Seymour, 1990, p.61) was chosen.
Merritt's hands, arranged in a single loose "V," both point possessively toward the photograph and belie the promise of the "Double V" campaign introduced earlier.
Moreover, the point of reference or perspective of items can be distinguished: There can be a first person referring to his or her own attributes, mental processes, and behaviors ("I am/think/feel/do/behave ..."), but also can "possessively" refer to his or her own attributes, mental processes, and behaviors ("My thoughts/feelings/ behaviors ...").
How, brokenhearted, she went to the prince's room on his wedding night and looked down on his sleeping face, his arm thrown possessively across his new bride.
Yes, it's different, but it plays out as superficially and inevitably as if either Jamie or Maggie had a possessively overbearing mother, or a bratty kid from a previous relationship, or any other oversimplified obstacle to romance.
In one room Leo is watching cricket, in what claims to be the office one of Jilly's squad of local PAs takes calls about the book-promoting schedule, at the kitchen table her son and racecourse guide Felix discusses that day's runners with a friend and, when we sit down to talk, the elegant shape of her rescue greyhound Feather folds his long limbs possessively beside his mistress on the sofa.
So I wouldn't blame business owners for clinging possessively to their intellectual property.
Who is that grandmotherly woman, for instance, standing possessively next to her library, next to a Vermeer print, a selection of books on subjects as bipolar as Banking Policy in India and Stalin ( there's also John Le Carre's The Honourable Schoolboy ), proudly wearing an enigmatic smile and an unfussy cotton sari?
Ward complained to Frederic Lucas, director of the AMNH, that "with our limited resources of money and collectors, [we] have had to stand off and see any possibility of an excellent collection of this Wisconsin tribe pass beyond our reach" He added possessively, "I have not been glad to see Mr.
Food is one of the most important things to a dog and some will guard it possessively as they think you might take it from them.
Political questioning disarms those who possessively hold on to temporal and ecclesiastical power.Aa
Too small for me.' Nipper said, 'It's mine,' though not very possessively. 'Perhaps you'd like to have a try at washing it.