acquisitiveness

[ uh-kwiz-i-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF acquisitiveness
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The man of Fiction and the man of Fact were at one in this passion of acquisitiveness.

The men who leave seldom have acquisitiveness well developed.

His organ of caution was large, but that of acquisitiveness moderate.

He has eloquence, perception, inquisitiveness and acquisitiveness.

A few have almost no other vice save that of acquisitiveness.

It is directly below Ideality and in front of Acquisitiveness.

Acquisitiveness—money and land—had become his one, his ruling passion.

Acquisitiveness is an essential trait of aristocracy, and adhesiveness of its perpetuity.

Then rise three quarters of an inch straight upward, and you are on that part of Acquisitiveness which gets property.

May not great veneration and acquisitiveness, with moderate conscientiousness, produce this result?

WORD ORIGIN

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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