[uh-stoot, uh-styoot] /əˈstut, əˈstyut/
of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious:
"an astute analysis."
clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd:
"an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts."
1605–15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
astutely, adverb
astuteness, noun
1. smart, quick, perceptive. 2. artful, crafty, wily, sly.
Example Sentences for astute
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.
It's not so much that they've given me ideas for book subjects, but they do offer astute observations, suggestions and tweaks.
There are enough similarities to mislead even an astute shopper.
Yale-educated, he's an astute businessman who has negotiated Hollywood's precarious independent waters with his low-budget films.
She is cultured, emotionally astute and erudite.
Practical, psychologically astute and clearly written, this book has much to offer businessfolk of all stripes.
The founder of modern nursing, Nightingale herself, was an astute researcher.
British Dictionary definitions for astute
astute (əˈstjuːt)
having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
[C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness]

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Word Origin and History for 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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