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  1. given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
  2. unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
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  1. an inquisitive person: thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
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Origin of inquisitive

1350–1400; < Late Latin inquīsītīvus, equivalent to Latin inquīsīt(us) (see inquisition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English inquisitif < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related formsin·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbin·quis·i·tive·ness, nounsu·per·in·quis·i·tive, adjectivesu·per·in·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbsu·per·in·quis·i·tive·ness, nounun·in·quis·i·tive, adjectiveun·in·quis·i·tive·ly, adverbun·in·quis·i·tive·ness, noun

Synonym study

2. See curious.

Antonyms for inquisitive

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Examples from the Web for uninquisitive

Historical Examples of uninquisitive

  • In some sense, the religion of the timorous and uninquisitive is true.

    Jane Talbot

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • It seemed as if the young baronet would turn out as confiding and uninquisitive as the old one.

  • Uninquisitive, un-in-kwiz′i-tiv, adj. not inquisitive or curious.

  • She seldom saw Wallie, and she found her hostess tactful, kindly and uninquisitive.

    The Breaking Point

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for uninquisitive


  1. excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
  2. eager to learn; inquiring
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Derived Formsinquisitively, adverbinquisitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uninquisitive



late 14c., from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus "making inquiry," from Latin inquisit-, past participle stem of inquirere (see inquire).

An housbonde shal nat been Inquisityf of goddes pryuetee nor of his wyf. [Chaucer, "Miller's Prologue"]

Related: Inquisitively; inquisitiveness.

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