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formal having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious
  • She considers herself a perspicacious judge of character.
  • The critic made some perspicacious observations about the film.

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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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The first known use of perspicacious was in 1640

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“Perspicacious.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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