clear·​head·​ed ˈklir-ˌhe-dəd How to pronounce clearheaded (audio)
: having or showing a clear understanding : perceptive
clearheaded comments
: able to think clearly
stay calm and 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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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clearheaded was in 1709

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“Clearheaded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


clear·​head·​ed -ˈhed-əd How to pronounce clearheaded (audio)
: able to think clearly
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