ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval)
If you describe a person or an organization as acquisitive, you do not approve of them because you think they are too concerned with getting new possessions.

We live in an acquisitive society...

The most acquisitive firms tend to be engineering groups.

Derived words:
acquisitiveness N-UNCOUNT

His villa is filled with evidence of his acquisitiveness.

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  • acquisitive — ac‧quis‧i‧tive [əˈkwɪztɪv] adjective FINANCE an acquisitive company often buys other companies or parts of other companies: • The company s acquisitive nature could lead to further increases in total debt. * * * acquisitive UK US /əˈkwɪzɪtɪv/… …   Financial and business terms

  • Acquisitive — Ac*quis i*tive, a. 1. Acquired. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He died not in his acquisitive, but in his native soil. Wotton. [1913 Webster] 2. Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring; as, an acquisitive person or disposition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquisitive — index confiscatory, insatiable, mercenary, parsimonious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acquisitive — (adj.) 1630s, owned through acquisition, from L. acquisit , pp. stem of acquirere (see ACQUISITION (Cf. acquisition)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Meaning given to acquisition, avaricious is from 1826 (implied in acquisitiveness). Related: Acquisitively… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquisitive — grasping, avaricious, greedy, *covetous Analogous words: avid, *eager, keen, athirst: possessing or possessive, owning, enjoying (see corresponding verbs at HAVE) Antonyms: sacrificing, abnegating Contrasted words: forgoing, forbearing, eschewing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquisitive — [adj] eager to obtain knowledge or things avaricious, avid, covetous, demanding, desirous, grabbing, grabby, grasping, greedy, predatory, prehensile, rapacious; concept 542 …   New thesaurus

  • acquisitive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively interested in acquiring money or material things. DERIVATIVES acquisitively adverb acquisitiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • acquisitive — [ə kwiz′ə tiv] adj. [LL acquisitivus < pp. of L acquirere: see ACQUIRE] eager to acquire; good at getting and holding wealth, etc.; grasping SYN. GREEDY acquisitively adv. acquisitiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • acquisitive — acquisitively, adv. acquisitiveness, n. /euh kwiz i tiv/, adj. tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies. Also, acquisitory /euh kwiz i tawr ee,… …   Universalium

  • acquisitive — adjective a) Able or disposed to make acquisitions; acquiring. He is an acquisitive person. b) Dispositioned toward acquiring and retaining information. She has an acquisitive nature …   Wiktionary

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