inquisitiveness


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in·quis·i·tive

 (ĭn-kwĭz′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1. Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge: inquisitive investigators.
2. Unduly curious and inquiring: "You will have privacy without inquisitive visitors and intrusive medical assessments" (Elisabeth Noble).

[Middle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.]

in·quis′i·tive·ly adv.
in·quis′i·tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inquisitiveness - a state of active curiosity
curiosity, wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something
nosiness, prying, snoopiness - offensive inquisitiveness

inquisitiveness

noun
1. Undue interest in the affairs of others:
Informal: nosiness, snoopiness.
2. Mental acquisitiveness:
Idiom: thirst for knowledge.
Translations
فُضوليَّه
zvědavost
emsighednysgerrighed
forvitni

inquisitiveness

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪvnɪs] Ncuriosidad f

inquisitiveness

n (of person)Neugier f; (for knowledge) → Wissbegier(de) f; the inquisitiveness of her lookihr neugieriger Blick

inquisitiveness

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪvnɪs] nindiscrezione f

inquisitive

(inˈkwizətiv) adjective
eager to find out about other people's affairs. He was rather inquisitive about the cost of our house; inquisitive neighbours.
inˈquisitively adverb
inˈquisitiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
The Miss Steeles, as she expected, had now all the benefit of these jokes, and in the eldest of them they raised a curiosity to know the name of the gentleman alluded to, which, though often impertinently expressed, was perfectly of a piece with her general inquisitiveness into the concerns of their family.
One evening, while, with her usual child-like activity, and thoughtless yet not offensive inquisitiveness, she was rummaging the cupboard and the table-drawer of my little kitchen, she discovered first two French books, a volume of Schiller, a German grammar and dictionary, and then my drawing-materials and some sketches, including a pencil-head of a pretty little cherub-like girl, one of my scholars, and sundry views from nature, taken in the Vale of Morton and on the surrounding moors.
It was that rich afternoon sunlight that loves to flash into teacups as though they were crocuses, that loves to run a golden finger along the beautiful wrinkles of old faces and light up the noble hollows of age-worn eyes; the sunlight that loves to fall with transfiguring beam on the once dear book we never read, or, with malicious inquisitiveness, expose to undreamed- of detection the undusted picture, or the gold- dusted legs of remote chairs, which the poor housemaid has forgotten.
But their officious inquisitiveness was not gratified.
Forgive me in turn for my inquisitiveness," he said.
If you, sir, have anything to give us, give it to us at once, and God speed you, for you are becoming tiresome with all this inquisitiveness about the lives of others; if you want to know about mine, let me tell you I am Gines de Pasamonte, whose life is written by these fingers.
Gradually, however, the son was weaning his parent from his vicious ways and everlasting inquisitiveness, and teaching the old man to look upon him, his son, as an oracle, and never to speak without that son's permission.
While they thus stood upon the wharf, the curiosity and inquisitiveness of the New England people would naturally lead them into the midst of the poor Acadians.
After waking Toby, they seated themselves round us on the mats, and gave full play to that prying inquisitiveness which time out of mind has been attributed to the adorable sex.
I watched these gentry with much inquisitiveness, and found it difficult to imagine how they should ever be mistaken for gentlemen by gentlemen themselves.
The robbery, partly owing to the inquisitiveness of the neighbours, and partly to his own grief and rage, had, long ago, become known; but he positively refused to give his sanction or yield any assistance to the old woman's capture, and was seized with such a panic at the idea of being called upon to give evidence against her, that he shut himself up close in his house, and refused to hold communication with anybody.
As they rode on their way again, Genestas said to the doctor, "Will you regard it as inquisitiveness on my part if I ask to hear more of La Fosseuse?