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.
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

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Related Words for acquisitiveness

avidity, avarice, cupidity, covetousness, greediness, possessiveness

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British Dictionary definitions for acquisitiveness

acquisitive

adjective
  1. 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 acquisitiveness

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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