SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.
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;
-ive Related forms ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb ac·quis·i·tive·ness, noun non·ac·quis·i·tive, adjective non·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb non·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, noun pre·ac·quis·i·tive, adjective pre·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb pre·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, noun un·ac·quis·i·tive, adjective un·ac·quis·i·tive·ly, adverb un·ac·quis·i·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for acquisitiveness Historical Examples of acquisitiveness British Dictionary definitions for acquisitiveness adjective inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions we currently live in an acquisitive society Derived Forms acquisitively, adverb acquisitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for acquisitiveness 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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