noun. 1. generally, excessive attempting to assert ownership or possession. 2. an irregular propensity to manage or control other people, usually consisting of the limitation of their cultural unions. In its most extreme form, this trend of behavior is frequently correlated with abusive unions.

POSSESSIVENESS: "His possessiveness of the young woman led to distancing her from all her friends and family."
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