1. Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge: inquisitive investigators.
2. Unduly curious and inquiring: "You will have privacy without inquisitive visitors and intrusive medical assessments" (Elisabeth Noble).
[Middle English inquisitif, from Old French, from Late Latin inquīsītīvus, from Latin inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see INQUIRE.]
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