It may seem like your acquisitive cousin never talks about anything but shopping. Someone who's acquisitive is preoccupied with possessing material things.

If you were trying to improve yourself by becoming less acquisitive, you might destroy your credit cards and force yourself to take a break from buying things. The adjective acquisitive comes from Latin word for "accumulate," acquirere, so when you're consumed with accumulating more and more, you can describe yourself as acquisitive. It's an easy word to confuse with inquisitive, which means "curious or inquiring." It's much better to be inquisitive than acquisitive!

Definitions of acquisitive

adj eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas

“an acquisitive mind”
“an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied”
marked by acquiring or amassing
avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile
immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
desirous of owning
given to taking by force what is desired
predaceous, predacious, predatory
living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
rapacious, ravening, voracious
excessively greedy and grasping
meanly avaricious and mercenary
not acquisitive; not interested in acquiring or owning anything

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