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inquisitive


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquisitive  \In*quis"i*tive\,  a.  [OE.  inquisitif  F. 
  inquisitif.] 
  1.  Disposed  to  ask  questions,  especially  in  matters  which  do 
  not  concern  the  inquirer. 
 
  A  wise  man  is  not  inquisitive  about  things 
  impertinent.  --Broome. 
 
  2.  Given  to  examination,  investigation,  or  research; 
  searching;  curious. 
 
  A  young,  inquisitive,  and  sprightly  genius.  --I. 
  Watts. 
 
  Syn:  Inquiring;  prying;  curious;  meddling;  intrusive. 
 
  Usage:  {Inquisitive},  {Curious},  {Prying}.  Curious  denotes  a 
  feeling,  and  inquisitive  a  habit.  We  are  curious  when 
  we  desire  to  learn  something  new  we  are  inquisitive 
  when  we  set  ourselves  to  gain  it  by  inquiry  or 
  research.  Prying  implies  inquisitiveness,  and  is  more 
  commonly  used  in  a  bad  sense  as  indicating  a  desire 
  to  penetrate  into  the  secrets  of  others 
 
  [We]  curious  are  to  hear,  What  happens  new 
  --Milton. 
 
  This  folio  of  four  pages  [a  newspaper],  happy 
  work!  Which  not  even  critics  criticise;  that 
  holds  Inquisitive  attention,  while  I  read. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  Nor  need  we  with  a  prying  eye  survey  The  distant 
  skies,  to  find  the  Milky  Way  --Creech. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquisitive  \In*quis"i*tive\,  n. 
  A  person  who  is  inquisitive;  one  curious  in  research.  --Sir 
  W.  Temple. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inquisitive 
  adj  1:  showing  curiosity;  "if  someone  saw  a  man  climbing  a  light 
  post  they  might  get  inquisitive";  "raised  a 
  speculative  eyebrow"  [syn:  {speculative},  {questioning}, 
  {wondering(a)}] 
  2:  inquiring  or  appearing  to  inquire;  "an  inquiring  look";  "the 
  police  are  proverbially  inquisitive" 




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