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What does acquisitive mean?
Acquisitive most generally means tending or seeking to gain possession of wealth or material things, especially in a greedy way.
It’s perhaps most commonly used in a more specific way to describe companies that are known for acquiring (buying) other companies and properties—which are often referred to as acquisitions. (However, it’s used much less commonly than acquisition.) This sense of the word doesn’t necessarily imply greediness like the more general sense does, but it can imply that such companies tend to buy up competitors.
Example: The tech conglomerates are notoriously acquisitive, buying out any startup that has some technology they want.
Where does acquisitive come from?
The first records of the word acquisitive come from around 1600. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb acquīrere, which is the root of acquire and means “to add to one’s possessions.”
Due to the common use of acquisition to refer to a company bought by another company, acquisitive is most commonly used in this context. Acquisition can also be used in many general ways to refer to things acquired or the process or acquiring things, including intangible things like knowledge and skills. But acquisitive, when used in a general way, almost always refers to the tendency to try to acquire material goods or money. Criticism of consumerism often involves the discussion of the acquisitive nature of consumers who keep buying stuff.
Acquisitive should not be confused with the term inquisitive, which is used to describe a person who’s curious or asks a lot of questions.
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What are some other forms related to acquisitive?
- acquisitively (adverb)
- acquisitiveness (noun)
- nonacquisitive (adjective)
- nonacquisitively (adverb)
- acquisition (noun)
- acquire (verb)
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How is acquisitive used in real life?
Acquisitive is often used in a somewhat formal way. It is most commonly used in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
“EML isn't a very acquisitive kind of a company, it isn't our core business model. Having said that, we always keep our eye and ears open," said #EicherMotors MD @SidLal (via @SwarajSB)@RoyalEnfield #Auto #Technology #RoyalEnfield @ETBIndia https://t.co/NCCHIs2YxV
— moneycontrol (@moneycontrolcom) June 15, 2020
one of the bigger trends in Canadian tech: the Caisse de depot funding domestic players who are both growing fast and acquisitive. Lightspeed, AlayaCare, Nuvei all immediately come to mind as egs https://t.co/H4ocyymqJV
— SeanSilcoff (@SeanSilcoff) January 7, 2020
"Using the summit as a measurement of success reflects the mortal injury done to climbing by our acquisitive society, which places great value on achievement itself and little on the process of achieving. I consider it a consumer mentality." – Kiss or Kill, Mark Twight
— Alastair Humphreys (@Al_Humphreys) May 5, 2020
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Is acquisitive used correctly in the following sentence?
Children tend to be acquisitive and need to be taught how to share.
Example sentences 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’?|Tom Shales|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Jane Ciabattari|August 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Along with his relatives and cronies, Karzai is widely suspected of corruption of both the acquisitive and political variety.
Susan Sontag once described the camera as “the ideal arm of consciousness in an acquisitive mood.”
There were those who held that the cloak might have been carried off by some acquisitive individual.The Gay Cockade|Temple Bailey
This instinct of mutual aid is as truly a cosmic force as the acquisitive instinct.The Coming of Coal|Robert W. Bruere
You have a more energetic, stirring, acquisitive, and capacious soul.Letters of Edward FitzGerald|Edward FitzGerald
The shops gave her none of the acquisitive pleasure he had expected.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
The mind of the modern Japanese is progressive and acquisitive.The Empire of the East|H. B. Montgomery