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adjective as·tute \ə-ˈstüt, a-, -ˈstyüt\

: having or showing an ability to notice and understand things clearly : mentally sharp or clever

Full Definition of ASTUTE

:  having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity <an astute observer> <astute remarks>; also :  crafty, wily
as·tute·ly adverb
as·tute·ness noun

Examples of ASTUTE

  1. He is an astute observer of the current political scene.
  2. Astute readers will notice the error.
  3. His analysis of the battle was very astute.
  4. We thought they were not very intellectually astute, but we didn't really understand how political a lot of what they were doing was. —Ben Wallace-Wells, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2007

Origin of ASTUTE

Latin astutus, from astus craft
First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of ASTUTE

shrewd, sagacious, perspicacious, astute mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment <a shrewd judge of character>. sagacious suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness <sagacious investors got in on the ground floor>. perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden <a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade>. astute suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill <an astute player of party politics>.
ASTUTELY Defined for Kids


adjective as·tute \ə-ˈstüt, -ˈstyüt\

Definition of ASTUTE for Kids

:  very alert and aware :  clever <an astute observer>
as·tute·ly adverb <He astutely pointed out the fake jewels.>


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