- tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.
Also ac·quis·i·to·ry [uh-kwiz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈkwɪz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.
Origin of acquisitive
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covetous, grasping, avaricious.
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Examples from the Web for acquisitive
Comcast, acquisitive octopus that it is, has a new, $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable currently on the table.Can Jimmy Fallon Be Himself on ‘The Tonight Show’?
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“I think at that level the acquisitive hunter-gatherer gene influences them more than riches,” Bass said.Faulkner of Oil Country: Rick Bass Talks New Novel
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Along with his relatives and cronies, Karzai is widely suspected of corruption of both the acquisitive and political variety.Karzai Loses His Only Friend
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Susan Sontag once described the camera as “the ideal arm of consciousness in an acquisitive mood.”David Lynch's American Dreams
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He was of an acquisitive nature, was Charlie—and the road to his favor must be paved with gifts.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
All art was divided originally by us into two branches—productive and acquisitive.Sophist
You have a more energetic, stirring, acquisitive, and capacious soul.Letters of Edward FitzGerald
He is silent but acquisitive, so I do not tease him with too many explanations.The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance
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From an acquisitive standpoint the locality signifies no longer.The Book-Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
- inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessionswe currently live in an acquisitive society
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Word Origin and History for acquisitive
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