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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.
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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

Synonyms

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

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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Plato

  • You have a more energetic, stirring, acquisitive, and capacious soul.

  • He is silent but acquisitive, so I do not tease him with too many explanations.

  • From an acquisitive standpoint the locality signifies no longer.

    The Book-Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt


British Dictionary definitions for acquisitive

acquisitive

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