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acumen

[uh-kyoo-muh n, ak-yuh-] /əˈkyu mən, ˈæk yə-/
noun
1.
keen insight; shrewdness:
remarkable acumen in business matters.
Origin of acumen
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin acūmen sharpness, equivalent to acū- (stem of acuere to sharpen; see acute) + -men noun suffix
Related forms
acuminous
[uh-kyoo-muh-nuh s] /əˈkyu mə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unacuminous, adjective
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  • If an open rupture were to be avoided (and he had profound faith in his father's acumen), then Myra must remain in ignorance.

  • She set too high value upon her acumen, upon the keenness of her instincts.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Yet the old man's confidence in the young man's acumen was invulnerable.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was not disappointed, which he regarded as proof of acumen; but he was surprised by his surroundings.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Navarrete has done all that industry and acumen could do, and it is no fault of his if he has not given us what we want.

British Dictionary definitions for acumen

acumen

/ˈækjʊˌmɛn; əˈkjuːmən/
noun
1.
the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
Derived Forms
acuminous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: sharpness, from acuere to sharpen, from acus needle
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Word Origin and History for acumen
n.

1530s, from Latin acumen "a point, sting," hence "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to sharpen" (see acuity).

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