Tue 11 Jul, 2017 03:15 pm
Is this a common usage?
The village folk were jealous (protective/mindful) of their [the subject's (the village folk's)] influence at the meetings they attended every moth.
Would you understand jealous to mean this if it was said to you or assume it meant insecure or doubting?
I don't think I've ever heard it used this way but maybe it went over my head when it was.
I would understand it, especially in older texts. It is old fashioned.