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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·quis·i·tive /ɪnˈkwɪzətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·quis·i·tive a.
 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)

 In·quis·i·tive, n. A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light
             post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a
             speculative eyebrow" [syn: speculative, questioning,
      2: inquiring or appearing to inquire; "an inquiring look"; "the
         police are proverbially inquisitive"