in·​sight·​ful | \ˈin-ˌsīt-fəl, in-ˈsīt- \

Definition of insightful 

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful criticism

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from insightful

insightfully adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for insightful


discerning, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient, wise


unperceptive, unwise

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of insightful in a Sentence

Her analysis of the problem was very insightful. a critical study featuring an insightful analysis of the novelist's recurring themes

Recent Examples on the Web

Paul Taylor, who was a reporter for the Washington Post back in the ’90s, wrote something about this that was really insightful. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 For more on the issue of illegals and insurance─and how denying them access will probably end up costing you more money─read Andrew Romano's insightful analysis.2. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 The longer skis meant that turning around the gates would take more time and effort and Ligety immediately railed against the changes in an insightful blog post that was also a stinging poke in the eye for the federation’s leaders. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Ski Ace Ted Ligety Bows Out of Olympics. Will It Be for Good?," 18 Feb. 2018 Many readers responded via email and online with insightful comments about their own experiences. Michael A. Pollock, WSJ, "Questions to Ask When Picking a Financial Adviser: Readers Weigh In," 10 June 2018 Ellis is insightful and can be talkative about many topics, as long as that topic is not himself. Kevin Acee,, "A.J. Ellis shows what it takes for Padres," 7 July 2018 With her songs topping the charts for soul and jazz in the United Kingdom, Michon Young is known for insightful original lyrics. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Caribbean Flair Hits This Year's Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz," 2 July 2018 Springer delivers insightful lyrics that are both witty and neurotic, with a hint of a sneer that nicely counteracts her warm earnest demeanor. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago trio Retirement Party blend emo and pop-punk to score their early adulthood," 7 June 2018 These data are insightful, but there are still huge blind spots in our understanding of Pell recipient completion trends and patterns. Andrew Howard Nichols, Washington Post, "The power of information: More data on Pell Grants could help bridge the graduation gap," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'insightful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of insightful

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about insightful

Share insightful

Statistics for insightful

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for insightful

The first known use of insightful was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for insightful



English Language Learners Definition of insightful

: having or showing a very clear understanding of something : having or showing insight


in·​sight·​ful | \ˈin-ˌsīt-fəl, in-ˈ \

Medical Definition of insightful 

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful behavior

Other Words from insightful

insightfully adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on insightful

What made you want to look up insightful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!