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acquisitive

[uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
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adjective
  1. 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

1630–40; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acquīsītīvus; see acquisition, -ive
Related formsac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbac·quis·i·tive·ness, nounnon·ac·quis·i·tive, adjectivenon·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbnon·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, nounpre·ac·quis·i·tive, adjectivepre·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbpre·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, nounun·ac·quis·i·tive, adjectiveun·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbun·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, noun

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covetous, grasping, avaricious.
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Examples from the Web for acquisitiveness

Historical Examples

  • The man of Fiction and the man of Fact were at one in this passion of acquisitiveness.

    The Book-Hunter in London

    William Roberts

  • The men who leave seldom have acquisitiveness well developed.

    How to Become Rich

    William Windsor

  • His organ of caution was large, but that of acquisitiveness moderate.

  • He has eloquence, perception, inquisitiveness and acquisitiveness.

  • A few have almost no other vice save that of acquisitiveness.


British Dictionary definitions for acquisitiveness

acquisitive

adjective
  1. inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessionswe currently live in an acquisitive society
Derived Formsacquisitively, adverbacquisitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for acquisitiveness

acquisitive

adj.

1630s, "owned through acquisition," from Latin acquisit-, past participle stem of acquirere (see acquisition) + -ive. Meaning "given to acquisition, avaricious" is from 1826 (implied in acquisitiveness). Related: Acquisitively (1590s).

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