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adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
3. Scots
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.

[From can.]

can′ni·ly adv.
can′ni·ness n.
References in classic literature ?
But his superstition united with his canniness played the Count's game for him, and he ran with his favoring wind through fogs and all till he brought up blindfold at Galatz.
His deflected effort brought the all-important opener, and his canniness won the penalty which made the last quarter of an hour comfortable.
There is another swathe of material which is rather more urbane, visually hybridizing the technologies in play to relay a sense of dynamism and contextual canniness.
Kate would be far better to equip her daughter with a confidence and canniness to survive it.
But if he does win enough second preferences to hand him the crown his campaign will be reassessed as a masterpiece of strategic canniness.
There will not be much canniness in these semi-finals.
As the fulcrum of this team, George Ford has a calmness and canniness beyond his 21 years, an opportunist's try exemplified Youngs' quickness of mind and he was operating behind a pack that is seldom bettered.
Some got lucky - earning fortunes in royalties from coal dug beneath their rolling acres - but others were smart, canniness apparently in the genes.
Roll asserts that Hopkins's political canniness and his strengths as a behind-the-scenes envoy influenced both military and political decisions from 1940 to 1945.
Astor was pleased with the moral support (although he probably would have undertaken the venture in any case) and brought his considerable canniness, meticulousness, and resources to the enterprise.
During the heady "Euro-maidan" revolution, he showed political canniness in quietly launching himself for the presidency while cleverly avoiding the unpopularity that doomed the bid of other members of the old political establishment.