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sagacious

adjective sa·ga·cious \sə-ˈgā-shəs, si-\

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

Full Definition of SAGACIOUS

1
obsolete :  keen in sense perception
2
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
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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

Origin of SAGACIOUS

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

Synonym Discussion of SAGACIOUS

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>.
SAGACIOUS Defined for Kids

sagacious

adjective sa·ga·cious \sə-ˈgā-shəs\

Definition of SAGACIOUS for Kids

:  quick and wise in understanding and judging

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