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discerning; perceptive: a perspicacious observation; acute; shrewd; penetrating
Not to be confused with:
perspicuous – clearly expressed; lucid, plain, distinct: perspicuous building, explicit, intelligible: an intelligible report
Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted. See Synonyms at shrewd.
[From Latin perspicāx, perspicāc-, from perspicere, to look through; see perspective.]
1. acutely perceptive or discerning
2. archaic having keen eyesight
[C17: from Latin perspicax, from perspicere to look at closely; see perspective]
perspicacity, ˌperspiˈcaciousness n
per•spi•ca•cious(ˌpɜr spɪˈkeɪ ʃəs)
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.
per`spi•cac′i•ty (-ˈkæs ɪ ti) per`spi•ca′cious•ness, n.
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|Adj.||1.||perspicacious - acutely insightful and wise; "much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument"; "observant and thoughtful, he was given to asking sagacious questions"; "a source of valuable insights and sapient advice to educators"|
wise - having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"
|2.||perspicacious - mentally acute or penetratingly discerning; "too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow"; "chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership"; "much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument"|
discerning - having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"