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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insightfully adverb

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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 But several insightful critics used Cummins’s book to highlight the persistence of racist stereotypes in popular literature. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "While offensive TV shows get pulled, problematic books are still inspiring debate and conversation," 3 July 2020 So this might be a good time to to consider supporting important and insightful reporting by subscribing to IndyStar. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "'Athlete A' tells part of the Larry Nassar investigation. This is the story you didn't see," 24 June 2020 An animated black comedy about a fading Hollywood horse proved to be one of the most insightful series of recent years. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best TV shows of 2020 so far, from 'Jeopardy! GOAT' to 'BoJack Horseman'," 22 June 2020 Here are the five most insightful celebrity reveals in honor of Father's Day this weekend. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "5 insightful celebrity reveals from Bryce Dallas Howard's Father's Day documentary 'Dads'," 20 June 2020 The Virgin Suicides debuted to solid reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999, with critics praising Coppola's hazy aesthetic and insightful look at teenage girlhood. Devan Coggan,, "Sofia Coppola and The Virgin Suicides cast reunite to talk 20th anniversary," 18 June 2020 Any real discussion of today’s health care system would have to have candid perspective from three of the most insightful physician-scientists on the planet—Dr. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Join us at Brainstorm Health 2020," 18 June 2020 Releasing a shortlist of attorney general nominees would be a far more insightful glimpse into a potential Biden presidency. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is a Good Moment to Hear Joe Biden’s Thoughts on Attorneys General," 5 June 2020 Cameron Welch, an 18-year-old Houston resident, shared a insightful clip on his social media just days after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Teen’s TikTok about ‘unwritten rules’ to follow as a black man goes viral," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of insightful

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insightful was in 1907

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6 Jul 2020

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“Insightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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