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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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  • Their motive, therefore, was not mere acquisitiveness.
  • The main reason to worry about sovereign-wealth funds' acquisitiveness is a narrowly financial one.
  • But there is a low trait of acquisitiveness in human nature.
  • Both exhibited such wanton, body-seizing acquisitiveness that reason went completely out the window.
  • It laid the missionaries open to charges of acquisitiveness, trading, and keeping human chattel.
  • He has sensuality, but it is soon appeased and is invariably subject to his acquisitiveness.
  • The thrill of the chase has drained away, and all that's left is a panicked psychopathic acquisitiveness.
  • And for this book's characters, the measure of success lies not in achievement or acquisitiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for acquisitiveness


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



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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