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[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.
Origin of astute
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. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It remains to be seen whether his astuteness will serve against the search to be resumed on the morrow.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • But the astuteness of my veteran circumvented all these plans.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • His astuteness was slipping from him, even while he bragged of it.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The astuteness of William of Orange had in this instance been deceived.

  • The mother little dreamed, with all her astuteness, of what was really transpiring.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He had not the astuteness to be a rogue; oddly he had the sense to know that he could fool us no longer.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • A better specimen of American smartness and Chinese astuteness could hardly be conceived than this crafty and fallacious clause.

    The Truth about Opium William H. Brereton
  • The touch showed Jack to be not without some of the astuteness of his mother.

    Love in a Cloud Arlo Bates
  • Germany's astuteness in dealing with neutral countries was especially marked in Spain.

  • The blood ran to my face at this further revelation of his astuteness.

British Dictionary definitions for astuteness


having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Derived Forms
astutely, adverb
astuteness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness
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Word Origin and History for astuteness



1610s, from Latin astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Greek asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (cf. asteism). Related: Astutely; astuteness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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