clear·head·ed | \-ˌhe-dəd \

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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But his thoughtful, clearheaded music seems to come from a realm that isn’t so fast-moving. Joe Klopus, kansascity, "Pianist Josh Nelson goes for new music with old friends," 16 Feb. 2018 From the outset of his hire at the Times, Stephens has sought to portray himself as a reasonable, clearheaded skeptic on climate change: a man who accepts the basic scientific consensus but cautions against overreacting to it. Will Oremus, Slate Magazine, "Bret Stephens and the Art of the Concern Troll," 7 June 2017 Kostova is a clearheaded, elegant writer with a sneaky gift for incorporating the history and culture of a place into the nooks and crannies of a book that never feels bossy or expository. Chelsea Cain, New York Times, "Missing Persons," 26 May 2017 Enough to fill this book, which is the most clearheaded overview of the subject to appear in print. Steve Silberman, WIRED, "Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places, by Derek M. Powazek," 1 Feb. 2002

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First Known Use of clearheaded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clearheaded

: having or showing an ability to think clearly

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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