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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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 , in-ˈ \

Medical Definition of insightful 

: exhibiting or characterized by insight insightful behavior

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insightfully adverb

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