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

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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In truth, his narrative is centered on the Indian subcontinent, despite its insightful forays into China’s hydraulic history. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Starting out as a workplace comedy featuring a sparkling female ensemble, the movie — set mostly over a single day — morphs into an affecting, startlingly insightful depiction of the bone-weary work of being a woman in a man’s world. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 With its focus on inclusivity, the magazine is gaining a reputation as an insightful channel for emerging talent and genuine, creative conversation. Vogue, "25 Ways to Gucci: Rome’s Creative Class," 29 Nov. 2018 Curry’s extremely insightful wife asks Camille, and that line becomes more and more resonant later in the episode when Camille ends up at her second party of the night. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 There’s the absorbing, insightful way its leading characters quietly interact and the sense of conviction about the challenging subject matter. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been delighting many people with his insightful punditry on BBC Sport's coverage of the World Cup., "Cesc Fabregas Triggers Backlash From Tottenham Fans With 'Big Club' Joke About Harry Kane," 24 June 2018 This fascinating compilation by one of LA’s most insightful literary voices seeks to explain one of the world’s most misunderstood cities. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 For a bit of historical context, our colleague Claire Zillman has an insightful look into why purple is the official color of the holiday—and why women have long used the color of their outfits to make a political statement. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "International Women's Day, #PressforProgress, Betsy DeVos: Broadsheet March 8," 8 Mar. 2018

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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 , in-ˈ \

Medical Definition of insightful

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful behavior

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