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dou′ble posses′sive(n.)

  1. a possessive construction consisting of a prepositional phrase with of containing a substantive in the possessive case, as of father's in She is a friend of father's.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Also called double genitive.


  1. double possessive(Noun)

    Two or more consecutive nouns in the possessive case, as with "St. Paul's Cathedral's vergers"; discouraged on grounds of style.

  2. double possessive(Noun)

    Combination of the periphrastic possessive, "of x" with the possessive inflection of a noun. For example, "A friend of John's".


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