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TO ACQUIRE, descents, contracts. To make property one's own.
    2. Title to property is acquired in two ways, by descent, (q.v.) and by purchase (q.v.). Acquisition by purchase, is either by, 1. Escheat. 2. Occupancy. 3. Prescription. 4. Forfeiture. 5. Alienation, which is either by deed or by matter of record. Things which cannot be sold, cannot be acquired.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Mr Harvey said that she was an intelligent young lady but had a lengthy record for acquisitive crime to support a drugs habit.
Chief Inspector Hazel Scott, acquisitive crime lead for Renfrewshire, says officers are working hard to prevent crimes of dishonesty across the region.
Fitch also believes the deal could signal that Broadcom will remain acquisitive given its track record and fragmentation in infrastructure software markets.
Harvey and Co is a buyside acquisition advisory firm working on behalf of acquisitive corporations and private equity firms.
Police officers carried out a series of dawn raids at addresses across the North East yesterday, as part of an operation targeting those believed to be involved in illegal drug supply and acquisitive crime.
Anyone who recognises the men or who has information to help the police inquiry should call the acquisitive crime team at West Bromwich police station by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detective Sergeant Dean Jones, from Coventry's Acquisitive Crime Team, said: "The company tell us that the solution used for electroplating is extremely toxic.
Chief Insp Steve Readdie, North Tyneside Area Command, said: "We will actively be targeting those involved in crimes such as burglaries and thefts as we continue to crackdown on acquisitive crime."
This is a reprinting of Erich Fromm's classic examination of acquisitive culture written for a general audience.
It saw six people believed to be involved in "acquisitive crime" - or economically motivated - crime arrested.
Summary: Acquisitive Gulf Arab lender, Qatar National Bank (QNB), posted 24 per cent higher second-quarter net profit on Wednesday that beat analysts' estimates by seven per cent and said it was opening an office in China.