in·​sight·​ful | \ ˈin-ˌsīt-fəl How to pronounce insightful (audio) , in-ˈsīt- How to pronounce insightful (audio) \

Definition of insightful

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful criticism

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Other Words from insightful

insightfully adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for insightful


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


unperceptive, unwise

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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

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An insightful article this month by Joanna Weiss in Politico magazine details how talk-show hosts have traded cleverness and wit for outrage and anger. Gary Abernathy, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Good journalism is gasping for air," 24 June 2019 The result is a collection of diagnoses that are insightful and useful, whether or not one agrees with his ultimate conclusions. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Yerma’’ is a slender but insightful work that examines the limitations on the lives of women and the consequences that can flow from those limitations., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 21 June 2019 David Blackburn, always good, turns in a remarkably insightful character part as Eugene Florczyk. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Grease’ is the word at the Fox Theatre," 13 June 2019 Rashi offers a most insightful answer to this question. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Limitation can be a conduit to freedom," 12 June 2019 Biden’s recollections of his involvement in Central American affairs are no more forthright, and no more insightful. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 As the headliner of a panel on Bears history, her perspective was unique and insightful. Dan Wiederer,, "'Like a happy dream that just keeps going on': Virginia McCaskey gets emotional at Bears100 Celebration," 9 June 2019 The case studies of these seven very different nations and their very different crises offer a tour of these societies, guided by an insightful 81-year-old Sherpa who combines the talents of a polymath, a fluid writer and a master storyteller. Moisés Naím, Washington Post, "Psychotherapy can solve personal problems — why not national crises?," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of insightful

1907, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce insightful (audio) , in-ˈ How to pronounce insightful (audio) \

Medical Definition of insightful

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful behavior

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insightfully adverb

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