Inquisitiveness In*quis"i*tive*ness, n. The quality or state of being inquisitive; the disposition to seek explanation and information; curiosity to learn what is unknown; esp., uncontrolled and impertinent curiosity. [1913 Webster]

Mr. Boswell, whose inquisitiveness is seconded by great activity, scrambled in at a high window. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Curiosity in children nature has provided, to remove that ignorance they were born with; which, without this busy inquisitiveness, will make them dull. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

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