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Recent Examples of perspicacious from the Web
What secured the nomination were two things: the movie’s extraordinary quality and the perspicacious marketing department at Netflix’s documentary division.
And then there’s the issue of scale: There are as many as 400 billion birds flitting around the planet; pondering their individual, perspicacious consciousnesses can be jaw-dropping, almost sublime.
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Perspicacious is similar in meaning to shrewd and astute, but a sharp mind will discern subtle differences among them. All three mean 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. (You can see this shade of meaning in the root of perspicacious - the Latin word perspicere, meaning "to look through" or "to see clearly.") Astute suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.
Origin and Etymology of perspicacious
First Known Use: 1640See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of perspicacious
- a shrewd judge of character
- sagacious investors got in on the ground floor
- a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade
- an astute player of party politics
PERSPICACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perspicacious for English Language Learners
: having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious
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