AskDefine | Define acquirement

Dictionary Definition

acquirement n : an ability that has been acquired by training [syn: skill, accomplishment, acquisition, attainment]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of acquiring, or that which is acquired; attainment.
    Rules for the acquirement of a taste. — Joseph Addison
    His acquirements by industry were . . . enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of nature..— Hayward?


Usage notes

  • 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.
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