acumen


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ac·u·men

 (ăk′yə-mən, ə-kyo͞o′-)
n.
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight: "A brilliant acumen in agricultural matters ... had made the old man a legend in the district" (James Herriot).

[Latin acūmen, from acuere, to sharpen, from acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The pronunciation (ə-kyo͞o′mən), with stress on the second syllable, is an older, traditional pronunciation reflecting the word's Latin origin. The Anglicized pronunciation with stress on the first syllable, (ăk′yə-mən), was accepted as standard by the entire Usage Panel in the 1997 survey and was the preferred pronunciation of two thirds of the Panelists. The older pronunciation was considered unacceptable by 40 percent of the Panel, suggesting that eventually this pronunciation will fall into disuse.

acumen

(ˈækjʊˌmɛn; əˈkjuːmən)
n
1. the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
[C16: from Latin: sharpness, from acuere to sharpen, from acus needle]
aˈcuminous adj

a•cu•men

(əˈkyu mən, ˈ?k yə-)

n.
keen insight; shrewdness: business acumen.
[1525–35; < Latin acūmen sharpness =acū-, s. of acuere to sharpen (see acute) + -men n. suffix]
a•cu′mi•nous, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acumen - a tapering pointacumen - a tapering point                    
plant process, enation - a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
2.acumen - shrewdness shown by keen insightacumen - shrewdness shown by keen insight    
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

acumen

noun judgment, intelligence, perception, wisdom, insight, wit, ingenuity, sharpness, cleverness, keenness, shrewdness, discernment, perspicacity, sagacity, smartness, smarts (slang, chiefly U.S.), astuteness, acuteness, perspicuity His sharp business acumen meant he quickly rose to the top.
Translations

acumen

[ˈækjʊmen] Nperspicacia f, tino m, agudeza f

acumen

[əˈkjuːmən ˈækjʊmən] nperspicacitA© f
business acumen → sens m des affaires
political acumen → sens m de la politique

acumen

nScharfsinn m; to show (considerable) acumen(gro?en) Scharfsinn beweisen; business acumenGeschaftssinn m; political acumenpolitische Klugheit

acumen

[ˈækjʊmɛn] nacume m, perspicacia
business acumen → fiuto negli affari
References in classic literature ?
Knowing the young reporter as we do, we can understand with what acumen he had traced, step by step, the story of Mathilde Stangerson and Jean Roussel.
He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension præternatural.
Rochester had sometimes read my unspoken thoughts with an acumen to me incomprehensible: in the present instance he took no notice of my abrupt vocal response; but he smiled at me with a certain smile he had of his own, and which he used but on rare occasions.