tending or seeking to and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.:
our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.
Amativeness and acquisitiveness are only different channels of one stream.
History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes
The man of Fiction and the man of Fact were at one in this passion of acquisitiveness.
The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
Russell was not noted for anything but his acquisitiveness but he was a faithful servant of the Crown in his own way.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919 Various
His organ of caution was large, but that of acquisitiveness moderate.
What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Gradually, one after another, the other four girls fell under the lure of their vanity and their acquisitiveness.
Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
A few have almost no other vice save that of acquisitiveness.
Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art Various
acquisitiveness also large; this gentleman believes in getting the full value for his money.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 24, 1887 Various
It is directly below Ideality and in front of acquisitiveness.
How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
acquisitiveness includes the tact of pickpockets and the ardour of merchants.
Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
acquisitiveness—money and land—had become his one, his ruling passion.
The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions: we currently live in an acquisitive society
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).
the act of or gaining possession: the acquisition of real estate. something ; addition: public excitement about the museum’s recent acquisitions. the purchase of one business enterprise by another: the acquisition of a rival corporation; mergers and acquisitions. Linguistics. the act or process of achieving mastery of a language or a linguistic rule or element: […]
tending or seeking to and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies. adjective inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessions: we currently live in an acquisitive society adj. 1630s, “owned through acquisition,” from Latin acquisit-, past participle stem of acquirere (see acquisition) + -ive. Meaning “given […]
to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she’s guilty. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.). to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He acquitted himself […]
the act of ; discharge. the state of being ; release. the discharge or settlement of a debt, obligation, etc. Law. judicial deliverance from a criminal charge on a verdict or finding of not guilty. Contemporary Examples The acquittal of her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also thrown out. Amanda Knox’s Acquittal Overturned: What’s Next? […]