Definition of Acquisitiveness

1. Noun. Strong desire to acquire and possess.

Generic synonyms: Greed
Specialized synonyms: Bibliomania, Retentiveness, Retentivity
Attributes: Acquisitive, Unacquisitive
Derivative terms: Acquisitive



Definition of Acquisitiveness

1. n. The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession.

Definition of Acquisitiveness

1. Noun. The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession. ¹

2. Noun. (''phrenology'') The faculty to which the phrenologists attribute the desire of acquiring and possessing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Acquisitiveness

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Medical Definition of Acquisitiveness

1. 1. The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession. 2. The faculty to which the phrenologists attribute the desire of acquiring and possessing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Acquisitiveness

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acquisitiveness (current term)
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Literary usage of Acquisitiveness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Heads and Faces, and how to Study Them: A Manual of Phrenology and by Nelson Sizer, Henry Shipman Drayton (1885)
"He was a millionaire in chickens, obeying acquisitiveness without reason or sense. ... Something besides acquisitiveness is necessary to the successful ..."

2. A System of phrenology by George Combe (1860)
"acquisitiveness. The metaphysicians have not admitted a propensity to acquire, which is gratified by the mere act of acquisition without any ulterior object ..."

3. Mysteries of Police and Crime: A General Survey of Wrongdoing and Its Pursuit by Arthur Griffiths (1899)
"These crimes of greed and acquisitiveness, as •hey have been styled in scientific nomenclature, amount t•" 75 per cent, of the whole number committed. ..."

4. How to Read Character: A New Illustrated Handbook of Phrenology and by Samuel Roberts Wells (1874)
"On the skull, acquisitiveness corresponds with the anterior inferior angle of ... 63. of acquisitiveness. The sign is promi- FlG- 64- Tient in likenesses of ..."

5. A New System of Phrenology by John Shertzer Hittell (1857)
"acquisitiveness. XXXV. acquisitiveness is located between Secretive- ness and Ideality and occupies a space an inch and a half square. ..."

6. The Science of the Mind Applied to Teaching: Including the Human by Urias John Hoffman (1885)
"acquisitiveness.—Location.—Taking the top of the ear as the starting point, ... acquisitiveness gives the sense of property. It is the desire to provide the ..."

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