nous

[noos, nous]
noun
1.
Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.
2.
Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe.

Origin:
1670–80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind

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nous (naʊs)
 
n
1.  metaphysics mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
2.  slang (Brit) common sense; intelligence
 
[C17: from Greek, literally: mind]

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Example sentences
They also confess to lacking the nous to find the niche markets their pine
  requires.
So rather than dwelling on her lack of political experience, she stresses how
  she will apply her nous to running the country.
Clients frustrated with private-practice lawyers often accuse them of lacking
  commercial nous.
She will need some nous to run the sprawling and widely criticised new
  department.
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