- tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.: our acquisitive impulses; acquisitive societies.
- inclined or eager to acquire things, esp material possessionswe currently live in an acquisitive society
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).