acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.

1540–50; < Latin sagācitās wisdom, equivalent to sagāci- (stem of sagāx) wise (akin to seek) + -tās -ty2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sagacity
World English Dictionary
sagacity (səˈɡæsɪtɪ)
foresight, discernment, or keen perception; ability to make good judgments

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1540s, from M.Fr. sagacité, from L. sagacitatem (nom. sagacitas) "quality of being acute," from sagax (gen. sagacis) "of quick perception," related to sagus "prophetic," sagire "perceive keenly," from PIE base *sag- "to track down, trace, seek" (cf. O.E. secan "to seek;" see
seek). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning "acute sense of smell."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Never did human sagacity utter a more pregnant truth.
Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all revolutions.
The latter is the sagacity to combine all these purposes for his own lasting
To this point therefore tend the observations which he has collected with great
  sagacity and industry.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature