perspicacity


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per·spi·cac·i·ty

 (pûr′spĭ-kăs′ĭ-tē)
n.
Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perspicacity - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)perspicacity - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness, craft - shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
insightfulness, acumen - shrewdness shown by keen insight
knowingness - shrewdness demonstrated by knowledge
street smarts - a shrewd ability to survive in a dangerous urban environment
2.perspicacity - the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusionsperspicacity - the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
objectiveness, objectivity - judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
subjectiveness, subjectivity - judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts

perspicacity

noun (Formal) insight, discrimination, penetration, acumen, smarts (slang, chiefly U.S.), wit, sharpness, suss (slang), keenness, shrewdness, discernment, sagacity, acuteness, perceptiveness, percipience, perspicuity, perspicaciousness, sagaciousness his extraordinary political perspicacity

perspicacity

noun
Translations

perspicacity

[ˌpɜːspɪˈkæsɪtɪ] N (frm) → perspicacia f

perspicacity

[ˌpɜːrspɪˈkæsɪti] nperspicacité f

perspicacity

nScharfsinn m, → Scharfblick m; (of decision)Weitsicht f

perspicacity

[ˌpɜːspɪˈkæsɪtɪ] n (frm) → perspicacia
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It was a marvellous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
These imbecilities gave me time to form my own conclusions at a glance, and, with a perspicacity rare at that age, to analyze the husband and wife whose solitude was about to be so rudely disturbed.
The host, who was not endowed with great perspicacity, did not observe the expression which his words had given to the physiognomy of the stranger.
Sire," said Villefort, "the suddenness of this event must prove to your majesty that the issue is in the hands of Providence; what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance, and I have profited by that chance, like a good and devoted servant -- that's all.
I had been accustomed to nurse a flattering idea that my strong attachment to her proved some particular perspicacity in my nature; she was not handsome, she was not rich, she was not even accomplished, yet was she my life's treasure; I must then be a man of peculiar discernment.
For these sorts of details, unless in very serious circumstances, he confided in his perspicacity, which was so seldom at fault, in his experience of thirty years, and in a great habit of reading the physiognomies of houses, as well as those of men.
While the village praised the perspicacity of the Governor, a naked, pock-marked child strode forward to the earth, and stood on one leg, unconcerned as a young stork.
And the king was so pleased with my perspicacity that he offered to sell me a village for 20 pounds sterling.
He had come to look on her perspicacity in this matter as a sort of second sight.
He winced a little at her terrifying perspicacity, and longed to ask: "And May--do they quote her?
The surgeon spoke with the fluency due to long practice and with the admirable perspicacity which distinguished him.
Very likely, with the perspicacity of her sex, she gave out as an accomplished fact what she felt was pretty sure to become a fact in a few days.