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inquisitive

[in-kwiz-i-tiv] /ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious:
an inquisitive mind.
2.
unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
noun
3.
an inquisitive person:
thick curtains to frustrate inquisitives.
Origin
1350-1400
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 forms
inquisitively, adverb
inquisitiveness, noun
superinquisitive, adjective
superinquisitively, adverb
superinquisitiveness, noun
uninquisitive, adjective
uninquisitively, adverb
uninquisitiveness, noun
Synonyms
2. See curious.
Antonyms
1, 2. uninterested.
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British Dictionary definitions for inquisitively

inquisitive

/ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
excessively curious, esp about the affairs of others; prying
2.
eager to learn; inquiring
Derived Forms
inquisitively, adverb
inquisitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inquisitively

inquisitive

adj.

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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