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[uh-kwiz-i-tiv] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/
tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.:
our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.
Also, acquisitory
[uh-kwiz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈkwɪz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of acquisitive
1630-40; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acquīsītīvus; see acquisition, -ive
Related forms
acquisitively, adverb
acquisitiveness, noun
nonacquisitive, adjective
nonacquisitively, adverb
nonacquisitiveness, noun
preacquisitive, adjective
preacquisitively, adverb
preacquisitiveness, noun
unacquisitive, adjective
unacquisitively, adverb
unacquisitiveness, noun
covetous, grasping, avaricious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acquisitive
  • Finally, in his acquisitive hunger, he accepts an offer of as much fertile territory as he can encircle in a day on foot.
  • If production costs for one commodity get too high, it can shift its acquisitive energies to another.
  • Maxwell has the acute, acquisitive eye of a novelist and the demanding, intuitive ear of a poet.
  • It makes a distinction between tourism and travel, and stresses inquisitive not acquisitive trips.
  • It makes a distinction between tourism and travel and stresses inquisitive, not acquisitive, trips.
  • Although acquisitive, it avoided big deals before the crash.
  • He smokes cigars, scratches matches on others' clothing, and is acquisitive right down the line.
  • It is a major killer and maimer of drug users and contributed to violent acquisitive crime in which nonusers are victimized.
  • Buckaroos tend not to be acquisitive or materialistic.
  • The common denominator was humanity's productive and acquisitive nature.
British Dictionary definitions for acquisitive


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 acquisitive

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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