clear·​head·​ed | \ ˈklir-ˌhe-dəd How to pronounce clearheaded (audio) \

Definition of clearheaded

1 : having or showing a clear understanding : perceptive clearheaded comments
2 : able to think clearly stay calm and clearheaded

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Other Words from clearheaded

clearheadedly adverb
clearheadedness noun

Examples of clearheaded in a Sentence

He remains calm and clearheaded in tense situations. waited until she was clearheaded to make the decision
Recent Examples on the Web Nella’s struggle to form a sturdier, more clearheaded Black identity for herself is at the center of this unique thriller that has echoes of both Jordan Peele and, in the end, George Orwell. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 As protests over police brutality rocked the nation last summer, Ms. Wiley gained attention on MSNBC for her clearheaded explanations of why some activists wanted to defund the police. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Voters were more clearheaded, but those partisan saloons had been key institutions for working-class men. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 After a week of detoxing from social media, Llompart felt more productive and clearheaded. USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 Clattering and cluttered but clearheaded and deliberate, this brilliant, brutal, unprecedented work feels like a transcendent artist assembling a new form of music from scratch. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2020 In the wistful second movement, Mr. Harrell balanced aching lyricism with clearheaded directness., 2 May 2020 Cliburn’s playing is rhapsodic, yet also refreshingly direct and clearheaded, offering a young American’s take on an iconic Russian work. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 And employers are trying new ways to help anxious new hires stay calm, clearheaded and willing to speak up at work. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of clearheaded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Clearheaded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clearheaded

: having or showing an ability to think clearly

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