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Acquisi'tion. n.s. [acquisitio, Lat.]

  1. The act of acquiring or gaining.

    Each man has but a limited right to the good things of the world; and the natural allowed way, by which he is to compass the possession of these things, is by his own industrious acquisition of them. South's Sermons.

  2. The thing gained; acquirement.

                        Great Sir, all acquisition
    Of glory as of empire, here I lay before
    Your royal feet.
    Denham's Sophy.

    A state can never arrive to its period in a more deplorable crisis, than when some prince lies hovering like a vulture to dismember its dying carcase; by which means it becomes only an acquisition to some mighty monarchy, without hopes of a resurrection. Swift on the Dissensions in Athens and Rome.

Sources: Denham, John (75) · South, Robert (158) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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