Acquisitive (adjective)

  1. Having or showing a strong desire to acquire material possessions.
  2. Relating to the acquisition of things, especially material goods.


Late 16th century: from latin acquisit- 'acquired', from the verb acquirere, from ad- 'to' + quaerere 'seek, obtain'. the original sense was "seeking to acquire".


  1. He was criticized for his acquisitive nature and love of material goods.
  2. The young couple were saving up for their acquisitive dream of buying a house.
  3. Her acquisitive tendencies led her to collect art, antiques and jewelry.
  4. Acquisitive instincts are often associated with consumerism and materialism.
  5. The acquisitive drive for material wealth can lead to negative consequences such as debt and dissatisfaction.
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