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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
    • /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/
    • /əˈkwɪzətɪvnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kwiz-i-tiv]
    • /əˈkwɪz ɪ tɪv/

Definitions of acquisitiveness word

  • adjective acquisitiveness tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies. 1
  • noun acquisitiveness Excessive interest in acquiring money or material things. 1
  • noun acquisitiveness The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession. 0
  • noun acquisitiveness (phrenology) The faculty to which the phrenologists attribute the desire of acquiring and possessing. 0

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Origin of acquisitiveness

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
1630-40; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acquīsītīvus; see acquisition, -ive

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Parts of speech for Acquisitiveness


acquisitiveness popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acquisitiveness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acquisitiveness

noun acquisitiveness

  • avidity — the quality or state of being avid
  • avarice — Avarice is extremely strong desire for money and possessions.
  • cupidity — Cupidity is a greedy desire for money and possessions.
  • covetousness — inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
  • avaricious — An avaricious person is very greedy for money or possessions.

Antonyms for acquisitiveness

noun acquisitiveness

  • generosity — readiness or liberality in giving.

Top questions with acquisitiveness

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