Simple Definition of perspicacious
: having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious
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Perspicacious is similar in meaning to "shrewd" and "astute," but a sharp mind will discern subtle differences among them. All three mean acute in perception and sound in judgment, but "shrewd" stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness, whereas "perspicacious" implies unusual power to see through and comprehend what is puzzling or hidden. (You can see this shade of meaning in the root of "perspicacious" - the Latin word perspicere, meaning "to look through" or "to see clearly.") "Astute" suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.
Origin of perspicacious
Latin perspicac-, perspicax, from perspicere
First Known Use: 1640
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