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acquisitive

[uh-kwiz-i-tiv] /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
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)
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Origin
1630-1640
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
Synonyms
covetous, grasping, avaricious.
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British Dictionary definitions for un acquisitive

acquisitive

/əˈkwɪzɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
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 un 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).

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