Simple Definition of sagacious
: having or showing an ability to understand difficult ideas and situations and to make good decisions
Examples of sagacious in a sentence
… 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
It has allowed him to pre-empt conservative political attacks, to appear sagacious despite his inexperience… —Alan Tonelson, Atlantic, June 1993
With commendably sagacious foresight, I sneaked spoils as well to the elders of key Judean cities whose good will I was cultivating for the future … —Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984
It has been suggested that we go to sleep at night because it is then too dark to do anything else; but owls, who are a venerably sagacious folk, do not sleep in the night-time. —James Stephens, The Crock of Gold, 1912
<a sagacious critique of the current social climate in our nation>
Did You Know?
You might expect the root of sagacious to be sage, which means "wise" or "wise man," but that wouldn't be a wise assumption. Despite their similarities, the two words are not all that closely related. Sagacious traces back to sagire, a Latin verb meaning "to perceive keenly." It’s also related to the Latin adjective sagus ("prophetic"), which is the ancestor of our verb seek. Etymologists believe that sage comes from a different Latin verb, sapere, which means "to taste," "to have good taste," or "to be wise."
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
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SAGACIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of sagacious for Students
: quick and wise in understanding and judging
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