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sagacious

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

Simple Definition of sagacious

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

Full Definition of sagacious

  1. 1 obsolete :  keen in sense perception

  2. 2a :  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. … 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

  2. It has allowed him to pre-empt conservative political attacks, to appear sagacious despite his inexperience… —Alan Tonelson, Atlantic, June 1993

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. <a sagacious critique of the current social climate in our nation>



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>.


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