A Dictionary of the English Language
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Acqui'rable. adj. [from acquire.] That which may be acquired or obtained; attainable.

Those rational instincts, the connate principles engraven in the human soul, though they are truths acquirable and deducible by rational consequence and argumentation, yet they seem to be inscribed in the very crasis and texture of the soul, antecedent to any acquisition by industry or the exercise of the discursive faculty in man. Hales's Origin of Mankind.

If the powers of cogitation and volition, and sensation, are neither inherent in matter as such, nor acquirable to matter by any motion or modification of it; it necessarily follows, that they proceed from some cogitative substance, some incorporeal inhabitant within us, which we call spirit and soul. Bentley.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Hale, Matthew (49)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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