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
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First Known Use of clearheaded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Clearheaded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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: having or showing an ability to think clearly

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