sa·​gac·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈga-sə-tē How to pronounce sagacity (audio) , si- \

Definition of sagacity

: the quality of being sagacious

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Examples of sagacity in a Sentence

a novelist of surprising sagacity considering his youthfulness
Recent Examples on the Web Even as McConnell’s power base is crumbling, the majority leader’s reputation for political sagacity seems impervious to reality. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 Social distancing in the forest During the lockdown, the tribal people have shown remarkable prudence and sagacity by maintaining the physical distance while collecting the forest produce. Hridayesh Joshi, Quartz India, "India’s coronavirus lockdown has left its forest economy in the wilderness," 8 May 2020 Each wants from the other something—the artist’s mojo, the critic’s sagacity—that belongs strictly to the audiences for their respective work. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 Kenda said the catharsis and sagacity extends to some of his viewers, who hang on his every clue, quip and breakthrough. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Springs-based “Homicide Hunter” sets finale as Lt. Joe Kenda eyes next TV project," 25 Aug. 2019 In particular, Andre’s verses brim over with aphoristic sagacity and imagery that time-travels you back to his youth in Atlanta, delivered in distinct flows that drift and, later, snaps from bar to bar like hopscotch. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Deep Cuts of 1998: Critics' Picks," 31 May 2018 To primp the sagacity of their remarks, their illustrious pedigrees are paraded. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech books by Billy Gallagher, Emily Chang, Chris Hughes, Andrew Keen," 2 Mar. 2018 Well, yeah, there is a lot of that stuff, but so there should be, and what's so pleasantly surprising is how much humor, sagacity, and honesty there is on display as well. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Half the Picture': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 Our jaded, post-Obama media have poisoned the plausibility of this gesture, yet Darkest Hour initiates a genuine, modern approach to political heroism and the Western sagacity that is out of favor. Armond White, National Review, "The Greatest Showman," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sagacity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sagacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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