un-acquisitively

acquisitive

[uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
adjective
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] .


Origin:
1630–40; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acquīsītīvus; see acquisition, -ive

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.
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acquisitive (əˈkwɪzɪtɪv)
 
adj
inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions: we currently live in an acquisitive society
 
ac'quisitively
 
adv
 
ac'quisitiveness
 
n

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acquisitive
1630s, "owned through acquisition," from L. acquisitivus, pp. of acquirere (see acquisition). Meaning "given to acquisition, avaricious" is from 1826 (in acquisitiveness).
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