Meaning of acquisitive in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkwɪzɪtɪv/

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  • 1Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things.

    ‘we live in a competitive and acquisitive society’
    • ‘Britain was on the eve of the acquisitive era of material greed: fibre-optic lamps and brown leather sofas were already ubiquitous status symbols.’
    • ‘They probably all drive People Carriers and conversation is solely about one-upmanship, acquisitive materialism and diets.’
    • ‘Life is just one big vain, greedy, acquisitive, covetous, furious orgy - and then you die.’
    • ‘The old-fashioned notion of only buying what you could afford has long since lost its attraction in today's more acquisitive society, in which instant gratification is the thing.’
    • ‘Professionals seemed as greedy and acquisitive as any other group of workers.’
    • ‘People in most of the industrialized nations, especially the USA, are regarded as members of the so-called affluent society or the acquisitive society.’
    • ‘Again, if a society is competitive and acquisitive in orientation, the kings and chiefs will necessarily reflect that in their behaviour and lifestyles.’
    • ‘In this grotesquely acquisitive society, all cultural markers are subject to violent revision as the inhabitants seek to fulfil their various appetites.’
    • ‘The growth of acquisitive crime predated the spread of heroin use, but eventually these trends became interconnected and fueled each other.’
    • ‘Greedy and acquisitive, he set his sights on this land in order to carve out a feudal domain for himself.’
    • ‘How ironic that we train our children first to be good, social human beings, only to later demand that they act like acquisitive, productivist, hardhearted machines.’
    • ‘People charged with so-called acquisitive crime - such as burglary and theft from vehicles so they can buy drugs - are tested in two custody suites for heroin and cocaine use.’
    • ‘But the acquisitive instinct fostered by capitalism would come to subvert the moral basis that initially allowed the system to flourish.’
    • ‘But mostly I think I'm too acquisitive to let books go.’
    • ‘To maximise performance in the 21st century states require flexible economies, competitive tax rates and an acquisitive, dynamic private sector.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, by the time they arrived, my tastebuds had changed their mind and started eyeing my Timothy's scrambled eggs in an acquisitive manner.’
    • ‘An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.’
    • ‘United's determination to avoid debt made it devastatingly attractive to acquisitive entrepreneurs, but wondering how to expand its revenue was the problem.’
    • ‘Maybe his most impressive insight was a negative one: of all radical thinkers, he alone recognised that the acquisitive instinct wasn't going away.’
    greedy, hoarding, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, money-oriented
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    1. 1.1Relating to or involving acquisition.
      • ‘acquisitive crimes’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘relating to acquisition’): from French acquisitif, -ive, from late Latin acquisitivus, from Latin acquisit- ‘acquired’, from the verb acquirere (see acquire).