acuity

[uh-kyoo-i-tee]
noun
sharpness; acuteness; keenness: acuity of vision; acuity of mind.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English acuite < Old French < Medieval Latin, Late Latin acuitās, equivalent to Latin acu(ere) to sharpen or acū(tus) sharpened (see acute) + -itās -ity

hyperacuity, noun
nonacuity, noun
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acuity (əˈkjuːɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  keenness or acuteness, esp in vision or thought
2.  the capacity of the eye to see fine detail, measured by determining the finest detail that can just be detected
 
[C15: from Old French, from Latin acūtusacute]

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acuity
1540s, from M.Fr. acuité, from M.L. acuitatem (nom. acuitas) "sharpness," from L. acus "needle," acuere "to sharpen," from PIE base *ak- "rise to a point, be sharp" (see acrid).
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acuity a·cu·i·ty (ə-kyōō'ĭ-tē)
n.
Sharpness, clearness, and distinctness of perception or vision.

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Example sentences
There may also have been selection for other factors, such as mental acuity.
While that sentiment may seem bleak, it is only because the author approaches
  the nature of fear with uncommon acuity and insight.
Some have hospital-style triage units to rank the acuity of students who cross
  their thresholds.
In fact, he tells me, his mental acuity has grown stronger over the past year.
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