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 for inquisitive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inquisitive \In*quis"i*tive\, n.
     A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research. --Sir
     W. Temple.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inquisitive \In*quis"i*tive\, a. [OE. inquisitif, F.
     inquisitif.]
     1. Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do
        not concern the inquirer.
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              A wise man is not inquisitive about things
              impertinent.                          --Broome.
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     2. Given to examination, investigation, or research;
        searching; curious.
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              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.
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                  [We] curious are to hear,
                  What happens new.                 --Milton.
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                  This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy
                  work!
                  Which not even critics criticise; that holds
                  Inquisitive attention, while I read. --Cowper.
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                  Nor need we with a prying eye survey
                  The distant skies, to find the Milky Way.
                                                    --Creech.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "inquisitive":
     agape, agog, all agog, analytical, burning with curiosity, busy,
     busybody, consumed with curiosity, curious, exploring, forward,
     ghoulish, gossipy, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitorial,
     interested, intrusive, investigative, itchy, meddlesome, meddling,
     morbid, morbidly curious, nosy, officious, open-eyed, openmouthed,
     overcurious, presumptuous, probing, prurient, prying, pushing,
     pushy, questioning, quizzical, scopophiliac, searching,
     self-appointed, snooping, snoopy, supercurious, voyeuristic
  
  

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