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perspicacious

[pur-spi-key-shuh s] /ˌpɜr spɪˈkeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning:
to exhibit perspicacious judgment.
2.
Archaic. having keen vision.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; perspicaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
perspicaciously, adverb
perspicaciousness, noun
Can be confused
perspicacious, perspicuous.
Synonyms
1. perceptive, acute, shrewd, penetrating.
Antonyms
1. dull, stupid.
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British Dictionary definitions for perspicacious

perspicacious

/ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
acutely perceptive or discerning
2.
(archaic) having keen eyesight
Derived Forms
perspicaciously, adverb
perspicacity (ˌpɜːspɪˈkæsɪtɪ), perspicaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin perspicax, from perspicere to look at closely; see perspective
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Word Origin and History for perspicacious
adj.

1630s, formed as an adjective to perspicacity, from Latin perspicax "sharp-sighted, having the power of seeing through; acute" (see perspicacity). Related: Perspicaciously; perspicaciousness.

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