astute

[uh-stoot, uh-styoot]
adjective
1.
of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
2.
clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix

astutely, adverb
astuteness, noun


1. smart, quick, perceptive. 2. artful, crafty, wily, sly.
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astute (əˈstjuːt)
 
adj
having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
 
[C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness]
 
as'tutely
 
adv
 
as'tuteness
 
n

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astute
1610s, from L. astutus "crafty," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Gk. asty "town," a word borrowed into L. and with an overtone of "city sophistication." Related: Astuteness (1843).
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Example sentences
Martin (an art collector himself) is an astute miniaturist as he exposes the
  sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world.
Personally, I found her astute summation that "the shiny guy always
  worries" to be particularly entertaining.
They were astute readers, and some were good writers.
And—what matters here—by motivating and monitoring managers, they
  got them to take tough, commercially astute decisions.
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