noun acu·men \ə-ˈkyü-mən, ˈa-kyə-mən\

: the ability to think clearly and make good decisions

Full Definition of ACUMEN

:  keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters

Examples of ACUMEN

  1. Her political acumen won her the election.
  2. a lack of business acumen
  3. And perhaps this is just part of Washington's transition into the new economy: the triumph of national brands over local loyalty, of business acumen over upper Northwest idealism. —Franklin Foer, New Republic, 7 Feb. 2000

Origin of ACUMEN

Latin acumin-, acumen, literally, point, from acuere
First Known Use: circa 1579


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