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
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, ˈæk 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.
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Noun1.acumen - a tapering pointacumen - a tapering point      
plant process, enation - a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
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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.

acumen

noun
Translations

acumen

[ˈækjʊmen] Nperspicacia f, tino m, agudeza f

acumen

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

acumen

nScharfsinn m; to show (considerable) acumen(großen) Scharfsinn beweisen; business acumenGeschäftssinn m; political acumenpolitische Klugheit

acumen

[ˈækjʊmɛn] nacume m, perspicacia
business acumen → fiuto negli affari
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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.
For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and acumen were wonderful.
Palfrey was capable of horse-whipping a too rash pretender to his daughter's hand; and, moreover, he had three tall sons: it was clear that a suitor would be at a disadvantage with such a family, unless travel and natural acumen had given him a countervailing power of contrivance.
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.
There was ample time for me to review it all--to felicitate myself upon my magnificent acumen (barring some errors about Baxter as a thief and possibly a murderer), before the door above opened, and Baxter, evidently a light sleeper, sprang awake.
I chuckled excessively when I thought of my acumen.
And it was at this precise moment, just as the two spectators, reinforced now by eleven other men of sporting tastes, were congratulating themselves on their acumen in having stopped to watch, that Police-Constable Robert Bryce, intruding fourteen stones of bone and muscle between the combatants, addressed to Mr Shute these memorable words: ''Ullo, 'ullo
No man enters a Martian city without giving a very detailed and satisfactory account of himself, nor did I delude myself with the belief that I could for a moment impose upon the acumen of the officers of the guard to whom I should be taken the moment I applied at any one of the gates.
Sometimes, ascending hills, when the winded horse breathed hard from his red nostrils, and heaved his flanks, the captain, left to more freedom of thought, reflected on the prodigious genius of Aramis, a genius of acumen and intrigue, a match to which the Fronde and the civil war had produced but twice.
With all respect for your natural acumen, I do not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor.
The skipper openly admired his guest's acumen, stiffened himself to make indignant denial, then gracefully surrendered.
When all else had failed to shake his resolution, they had applied lawyers to him, with the threat of getting out guardianship papers and of confining him in the state asylum for the insane--which was reasonable for a man who had, a quarter of a century before, speculated away all but ten meagre acres of a California principality, and who had displayed no better business acumen ever since.