perspicacious


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perspicacious

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
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per·spi·ca·cious

 (pûr′spĭ-kā′shəs)
adj.
Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted. See Synonyms at shrewd.

[From Latin perspicāx, perspicāc-, from perspicere, to look through; see perspective.]

per′spi·ca′cious·ly adv.
per′spi·ca′cious·ness n.
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perspicacious

(ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs)
adj
1. acutely perceptive or discerning
2. archaic having keen eyesight
[C17: from Latin perspicax, from perspicere to look at closely; see perspective]
ˌperspiˈcaciously adv
perspicacity, ˌperspiˈcaciousness n
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per•spi•ca•cious

(ˌpɜr spɪˈkeɪ ʃəs)

adj.
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.
[1610–20; < Latin perspicāx, s. perspicāc-; see perspicuous, -acious]
per`spi•ca′cious•ly, adv.
per`spi•cac′i•ty (-ˈkæs ɪ ti) per`spi•ca′cious•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 discerningperspicacious - 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"
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perspicacious

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perspicacious

adjective
Having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters:
Informal: savvy.
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Translations
tarkkanäköinen
klarsynt

perspicacious

[ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs] ADJ (frm) → perspicaz
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perspicacious

[ˌpɜːrspɪˈkeɪʃəs] adj (= perceptive) → perspicace
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perspicacious

adj person, remark etcscharfsinnig; decisionweitsichtig
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perspicacious

[ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs] adj (frm) → perspicace
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References in classic literature ?
added Newman, with an eagerness which might have made a perspicacious observer smile.
The perspicacious reader will recall that, at the start of every mango season, there are passionate references in the national press to our mango export campaign.
Perhaps, the time may be ripe for the perspicacious observer to sift the grain from the chaff and, thereafter, to formulate an intelligent inference whether or not the BJP leader intends to carry out his pre-election rhetoric to the letter or, alternatively, to don the mantle of responsible governance in his second term if re-elected.
As part of the disruptive innovations in Spanish-language literature for which he is largely responsible, Vila-Matas devotes more energy to perspicacious and novel readings of classics like Kafka, Joyce, Walser, Nabokov, Beckett, Savinio, and the Oulipo group; Borges, Rulfo, Cortazar, Monterroso, and Pitol among the Latin Americans; to recent masters like Banville, Perec, and Coetzee; and to canonical forerunners like Cervantes, Stevenson, Proust, and Simenon.
Would the perspicacious reader vouch that as an organisation the OIC is still in business?
In a perspicacious tweet, someone wrote of how the men who have come forward with their allegations of assault in the Catholic church have never been second-guessed.
Goldblum briefly reprises his role as Ian Malcolm, the grumpy but perspicacious chaos mathematician from the first and second films, to make his case for letting the big, scary lizards die off.
He wished Prince Khalifa everlasting wellbeing and Bahraini people welfare and advancement under the perspicacious leadership of King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa.
"I strongly believe that the future of my country is bright and promising with its rich historical statehood policy encouraged by the brave spirit of the Azerbaijani nation and a resolute and perspicacious leadership that has a clear agenda of making Azerbaijan a highly developed country," he said.
It may not have the enduring likability or the perspicacious comeuppance of other catfights inspired by the Dorina vs Lavinia duel, but Lovi and Erich acquit themselves well in their respective roles.
Perspicacious. That's the first word that comes to mind when I look at young Jamie Travers.
AndrA[c]e the narrator also stands out for her perspicacious nature and captivating narration.