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Etymology edit

Late 14th century, from Old French inquisitif, from Late Latin inquisitivus, from Latin inquisitus, past participle of inquirere. See also inquire.

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  • enPR: ĭngkwĭz'ətĭv, IPA(key): /ɪŋˈkwɪzətɪv/
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Adjective edit

inquisitive (comparative more inquisitive, superlative most inquisitive)

  1. Eager to acquire knowledge.
    • 1741, I[saac] Watts, “Of living Instructions and Lectures, of Teachers and Learners”, in The Improvement of the Mind: Or, A Supplement to the Art of Logick: [], London: [] James Brackstone, [], →OCLC, paragraph III, page 100:
      [] a young, inquiſitive and ſprightly Genius; []
  2. Too curious; overly interested; nosy.

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  1. feminine singular of inquisitif

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  1. feminine plural of inquisitivo