Obsessive vs Possessive - What's the difference?

obsessive | possessive |


As adjectives the difference between obsessive and possessive

is that obsessive is prone to cause obsession while possessive is of or pertaining to ownership or possession.

As nouns the difference between obsessive and possessive

is that obsessive is a person who is obsessed, who has an obsession while possessive is (grammar) the possessive case.

obsessive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Prone to cause obsession
  • ''The idea is too tempting, it's obsessive
  • Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
  • ''Hardcore fans' obsessive behavior may take over their lives
  • Excessive, as results from obsession.
  • ''A workaholic's obsessive zeal may lead to success or burnout
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  • Synonyms

    * (Having one thought or pursuing one activity) unrelenting, unyielding, headstrong *

    Derived terms

    * obsessively

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession
  • possessive

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to ownership or possession.
  • (grammar) Indicating ownership, possession, origin, etc.
  • Unwilling to yield possession of.
  • Noun

  • (grammar) The possessive case.
  • (grammar) A word used to indicate the possessive case.
  • See also

    * possessive pronoun * ----