Dictionary Definition

acquisitiveness n : strong desire to acquire and possess

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  1. The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession.
  2. (phrenology) The faculty to which the phrenologists attribute the desire of acquiring and possessing.


Extensive Definition

Acquisitiveness is a phrenological faculty.


Acquisitiveness describes the greed to increase one's possessions, to acquire, hoard and save. It can be aimed on material or immaterial fields, depending on the development of other faculties. It stands for the love of oneself's capital and is thus basically a self-centred faculty.


On the lower part of the temple, below Ideality.

Interaction with other faculties

  • Acquistiveness + Negative Conscientiousness: inclination towards theft and fraud
  • Acquisitiveness + strong development of Moral faculties: quest for moral perfection
  • Acquisitiveness + strong development of Intellectual faculties: quest for knowledge, academic titles,..
  • Acquisitiveness + positive Constructiveness + positive Perceptive faculties: business and commercial propensity.
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