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cleverness

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of cleverness

  1. 1 mental skill or quickness it takes real cleverness to find a way around the rules Synonyms of cleverness adroitness, dexterity, finesse, sleightWords Related to cleverness ability, aptitude, capability, capacity, faculty, knack, prowess, talent; competence, competency, efficiency, expertise, know-how, proficiency; ingeniousness, ingenuity, resourcefulness; savvy, sharpness, shrewdness; artfulness, artifice, caginess (also cageyness), canniness, craft, craftiness, cunning, cunningness, deviousness, foxiness, guile, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness, wilinessNear Antonyms of cleverness inadequacy, incompetence, incompetency, ineptitude, ineptness; brainlessness, denseness, density, doltishness, dopiness, dullness (also dulness), dumbness, fatuity, foolishness, mindlessness, obtuseness, senselessness, simpleness, slowness, stupidity, stupidness, witlessness

  2. 2 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something the undeniable cleverness of the negotiator, who managed to get each side to believe that they had won Synonyms of cleverness adeptness, adroitness, art, artfulness, artifice, artistry, skill, craft, cunning, deftness, masterfulness, skillfulnessWords Related to cleverness dexterity, ease, finesse, handiness; experience, expertise, expertness, know-how, proficiency; creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, knowledge, learning; aptitude, bent, flair, gift, knack, talentNear Antonyms of cleverness amateurishness, awkwardness, clumsiness, crudeness, klutziness, rudeness; inability, inadequacy, inadequateness, incapability, incapacity, incompetence, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficacy, inefficiencyAntonyms of cleverness artlessness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness

  3. 3 the skill and imagination to create new things Cole Porter's overall cleverness with words, including his effortless ability to rhyme and pun Synonyms of cleverness creativity, creativeness, imagination, imaginativeness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, innovativeness, invention, inventiveness, originalityWords Related to cleverness fecundity, fertility, fruitfulness, productiveness, productivity, prolificacy, prolificity, prolificness; capableness, resourcefulness; genius, giftedness, talent; fire, inspiration, museNear Antonyms of cleverness dryness, dullness (also dulness)



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