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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.
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Adv.1.inquisitively - with curiosity; "the baby looked around curiously"
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[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪvlɪ] ADVcon curiosidad
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[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtɪvlɪ] advcon troppa curiosità
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(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
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She did not now say those former terrible words to him, but looked simply, merrily, and inquisitively at him.
They stood still on the bridge, staring inquisitively at the carriage.
Again he glanced inquisitively round the room or seemed to do so, for his face was nearly hidden by the bandage--and again facing sharply towards Hugh, grasped his stick as if he half expected to be set upon, and stood on the defensive.
A fox, startled from his sleep by her light footstep on the leaves, looked inquisitively at Pearl, as doubting whether it were better to steal off, or renew his nap on the same spot.
(Alice thought this must be the right way of speaking to a mouse: she had never done such a thing before, but she remembered having seen in her brother's Latin Grammar, `A mouse--of a mouse--to a mouse--a mouse--O mouse!' The Mouse looked at her rather inquisitively, and seemed to her to wink with one of its little eyes, but it said nothing.
Athos, as the name of Raoul was pronounced, looked inquisitively at D'Artagnan, in order to see if any curiosity was painted on his face.
Before entering the dining-room he paused, fixing his eyes inquisitively on the back of Lady Janet's visitor--the back being all that he could see in the position he then occupied.
But therein, as I found, dwelt now John Field, an Irishman, and his wife, and several children, from the broad-faced boy who assisted his father at his work, and now came running by his side from the bog to escape the rain, to the wrinkled, sibyl-like, cone-headed infant that sat upon its father's knee as in the palaces of nobles, and looked out from its home in the midst of wet and hunger inquisitively upon the stranger, with the privilege of infancy, not knowing but it was the last of a noble line, and the hope and cynosure of the world, instead of John Field's poor starveling brat.
And the mere sight of the torment, with his fishy eyes and mouth open, his sandy hair inquisitively on end, and his waistcoat heaving with windy arithmetic, made me vicious in my reticence.
"And pray, sir," said Maria, bending her eyes inquisitively toward the youth, "if she want it, what has she done with it!"
Bruno looked at me inquisitively, but he said nothing this time.
For some moments he remained silent, merely looking me inquisitively in the face.