- 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 acquisitiveness
The man of Fiction and the man of Fact were at one in this passion of acquisitiveness.The Book-Hunter in London
The men who leave seldom have acquisitiveness well developed.How to Become Rich</p>
His organ of caution was large, but that of acquisitiveness moderate.What Will He Do With It, Complete
He has eloquence, perception, inquisitiveness and acquisitiveness.Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery
George W. Bell
A few have almost no other vice save that of acquisitiveness.
- inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessionswe currently live in an acquisitive society
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Word Origin and History for acquisitiveness
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