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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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 So, get to work finding answers to these and other insightful questions. Pia Silva, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Like us, you're bound to be caught by Monica West's insightful, caring prose, eager to see what her heroine does next. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 1 June 2021 The human toll also became a critical part of the Courant’s reporting, with powerful storytelling and insightful reporting on the toll the pandemic was taking on families. Staff,, 28 May 2021 Experiencing that difference, glimpsing a bit of that yellow peril, has been insightful and painful. Beth Nguyen, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2021 But when the attendees gathered in small discussion groups, Mantella found some of the most insightful thinking came from the students. Annie Ma, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2021 Jennifer’s reading, however, is the most insightful. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2021 Really good and insightful interview with Burton, who played at Washington in college and has seen multiple spring games across the Pac-12. John Canzano, oregonlive, 3 May 2021 Sharrock’s charming and insightful second feature justifies its title by using the droll backdrop to explore how the young man comes to terms with his nomadic status. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Insightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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