perspicacious

adjective
per·​spi·​ca·​cious | \ ˌpər-spə-ˈkā-shəs How to pronounce perspicacious (audio) \

Definition of perspicacious

: of acute mental vision or discernment : keen

Other Words from perspicacious

perspicaciously adverb
perspicaciousness noun
perspicacity \ ˌpər-​spə-​ˈka-​sə-​tē How to pronounce perspicacious (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for perspicacious

shrewd, sagacious, perspicacious, astute mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment. a shrewd judge of character sagacious suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness. sagacious investors got in on the ground floor perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden. a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade astute suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill. an astute player of party politics

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Perspicacious is similar in meaning to shrewd and astute, but a sharp mind will also discern subtle differences among them. All three denote being acute in perception and sound in judgment, but shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness, whereas perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and comprehend what is puzzling or hidden. Astute suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.

Examples of perspicacious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This particular Ferrari F50 was delivered new, in 1996, to Étienne Léandri, a defense lawyer and perspicacious Ferrari collector from Monaco. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2022 As some of the nation’s most perspicacious observers have noted, self-regulation is a crucial component of fixing what’s wrong with social media. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 30 Sep. 2021 Parker also knits in a perspicacious take on the toxicity of the royal family, most particularly the poisonous effect of the institution and the vulturous press. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Some of the film’s performances are merely peculiar and others merely apt, but Cheadle is thrilling, with coiled strength and a perspicacious gaze that seems to realize ideas in motion. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 1 July 2021 National Review Institute enables the perspicacious endeavors of twelve NRI fellows and three young journalism fellows. Peter J. Travers, National Review, 29 June 2021 Corey is freed and making his way to Paris, Vogel escapes, and the perspicacious Corey—while being pursued by his gangland enemies—brings Vogel in on the jewelry-store scheme. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 Chude-Sokei chronicles his further missteps, advances and inner conflicts to create a moving, perspicacious account of disguising his origins, of adopting pose after pose, of seeking acceptance. Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 That could change pending the result of two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5, an outcome that only the most perspicacious observers anticipated before this week. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 7 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of perspicacious

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perspicacious

Latin perspicac-, perspicax, from perspicere

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“Perspicacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perspicacious. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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