adjective \sə-ˈgā-shəs, si-\

: having or showing an ability to understand difficult ideas and situations and to make good decisions

Full Definition of SAGACIOUS

obsolete :  keen in sense perception
a :  of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment :  discerning <sagacious judge of character>
b :  caused by or indicating acute discernment <sagacious purchase of stock>
sa·ga·cious·ly adverb
sa·ga·cious·ness noun

Examples of SAGACIOUS

  1. <a sagacious critique of the current social climate in our nation>
  2. … the winner is praised for his sagacious grasp of the hopes and anxieties of the public, the loser is excoriated for the many and obvious blunders that derailed his candidacy … —Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2000


Latin sagac-, sagax, from sagire to perceive keenly; akin to Latin sagus prophetic — more at seek
First Known Use: 1607


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