acquisitive [ uh- kwiz-i-tiv] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for acquisitive on Thesaurus.com 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/
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for non-acquisitive inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions we currently live in an acquisitive society Derived Forms acquisitively, adverb acquisitiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for non-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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper