astute


as·tute

adjective \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

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