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possess

v. to own, have title to, occupy, physically hold or have under exclusive control. In wills there is often the phrase "of which I die possessed," in describing the estate. (See: possession)

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POSSESSIVE Gordon Modiak ordered acid attack on his ex-wife Louise Duddy, left
This is drawn from Taylor's (2015) analytical categories of 'distributive' and 'possessive' economic agency.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: "[The victim] describes him being really nice at the start but he soon became possessive and insecure, consistently demanding to check her phone and always demanding to know where she was."
My guess is that she knows deep down (even if she won't admit it to herself) that you're not invested in the relationship the way she is and that's why she's possessive.
Possessive constructions in the languages of the Ob-Yenissei area (e.g.
Thida Khus, executive director of women's rights group Silaka, said the alleged perpetrator's behaviour was possessive and dangerous, not loving.
When asked about the love advice she would give herself, Sania said: 'I need to be less possessive. I'm not insecure, I'm possessive.'
When asked about the love advice she would give herself, Sania said: "I need to be less possessive. I'm not insecure, I'm possessive.
The researchers also found that possessive behaviours were considered among the least loving actions."In American culture, it seems that controlling or possessive behaviours are the ones people do not feel loved by," Heshmati said."If someone wants to know where you are at all times, or acts controlling, those actions are not loving to us." However, this could be a cultural phenomenon."There's research showing that in more communal societies, these types of controlling behaviours may be seen as affection.
Although the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization have encouraged the medical community to refrain from the use of possessive eponyms in order to reduce the misconception that the disease founders suffered from the pathology themselves, the inconsistent use of possessive and non-possessive forms of medical eponyms is still common.
Meanwhile, Hamill -- who has reprised the role of Luke for theA much-anticipated 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' -- recently admitted heA feels "possessive" about his most famous character.
J was possessive, paranoid I have for Martens added: "I felt like he was actually going to follow through with the adoption papers.