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