acquisitive

[uh-kwiz-i-tiv]

adjective

tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.

Nearby words

  1. acquirement,
  2. acquirer,
  3. acquis communautaire,
  4. acquisition,
  5. acquisition accounting,
  6. acquit,
  7. acquittal,
  8. acquittance,
  9. acquitted,
  10. acr-

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

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British Dictionary definitions for acquisitive

acquisitive

adjective

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 acquisitive

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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