acquirement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From acquire +‎ -ment.

Noun[edit]

acquirement (plural acquirements)

  1. The act of acquiring, or that which is acquired; attainment.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison:
      [] rules for the acquirement of a taste []
    • (Can we date this quote?) Hayward?:
      [] his acquirements by industry were [] enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of nature []
    • 1952, Annual report of the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army
      At best, a considerable time elapses between authorization and land acquirement, during which land values may vary impredictably.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (act of acquiring, or that which is acquired): acquisition

Usage notes[edit]

  • Acquirement is used in opposition to a natural gift or talent. For example, eloquence, and skill in music and painting are acquirements, whereas genius is the gift or endowment of nature. It denotes especially personal attainments, in opposition to material or external things gained, which are more usually called acquisitions; but this distinction is not always observed.