perspicacity

  • 1 Perspicacity — Per spi*cac i*ty, n. [L. perspicacitas: cf. F. perspicacit[ e]. See {Perspicacious}.] The state of being perspicacious; acuteness of sight or of intelligence; acute discernment. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 perspicacity — I noun acuity, acumen, acute discernment, acuteness, astuteness, capacity, clear thinking, clear thought, clear vision, discernment, discretion, discrimination, farsightedness, insight, judgment, ken, perception, perceptiveness, sagacity, sense,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 perspicacity — 1540s, from M.Fr. perspicacité (15c.), from L.L. perspicacitas sharp sightedness, discernment, from L. perspicax sharp sighted, from perspicere look through (see PERSPECTIVE (Cf. perspective)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 perspicacity — n. the perspicacity to + inf. (she had enough perspicacity to see through their schemes) * * * the perspicacity to + inf. (she had enough perspicacity to see through their schemes) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 5 perspicacity — noun /ˌpɜːr.spɪˈkæs.ə.tiː/ a) Acute discernment or understanding; insight. I understand, I said. The fact is that you have the money. His face brightened. He seemed pleased at my perspicacity. b) The human faculty or power to mentally grasp or… …

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  • 6 perspicacity — perspicacious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a ready insight into and understanding of things. DERIVATIVES perspicaciously adverb perspicacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin perspicax seeing clearly …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 perspicacity — noun see perspicacious …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 perspicacity — /perr spi kas i tee/, n. 1. keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration. 2. Archaic. keen vision. [1540 50; earlier perspicacite < LL perspicacitas sharpness of sight, equiv. to perspicaci (s. of perspicax sharp… …

    Universalium

  • 9 perspicacity — Synonyms and related words: acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, astuteness, clear sight, cogency, color vision, cone vision, critical discernment, day vision, daylight vision, discernment, discrimination, eye, eye mindedness, eyesight,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 perspicacity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. discernment, discrimination, acuteness, keenness; shrewdness; penetration, insight, acumen. See intelligence. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. insight, discrimination, penetration; see acumen . III (Roget s… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 perspicacity —  , perspicuity  The first means shrewdness, the second lucidity …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 12 perspicacity — per·spi cac·i·ty || ‚pÉœrspɪ kæsÉ™tɪ /‚pɜː n. keenness of perception; comprehensiveness, being able to understand quickly …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 perspicacity — n. 1. Quick sightedness, acuteness of sight. 2. Perspicaciousness, acuteness, sharpness, shrewdness, discernment, penetration, sagacity, astuteness, insight, acumen …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 perspicacity — n 1. keenness, acuteness, sharpness, acuity; discernment, discrimination, distinguishment; acumen, perceptiveness, insight, perspicaciousness, penetration, awareness; cleverness, astuteness, shrewdness, ingenuity, ingeniousness; perception,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 15 perspicacity — per·spi·cac·i·ty …

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  • 16 perspicacity — See: perspicacious …

    English dictionary

  • 17 perspicacity — /pɜspəˈkæsəti/ (say perspuh kasuhtee) noun 1. keenness of mental perception; discernment; penetration. 2. Obsolete keenness of sight. {Latin perspicācitas} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 perspicacity — noun 1. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings) • Syn: ↑shrewdness, ↑astuteness, ↑perspicaciousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑perspicacious (for: ↑perspicaciousness), ↑ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 perspicacity, perspicuity —    Perspicacity means shrewdness and applies to people ( a perspicacious judge of character ). Perspecu ity means easily understood and applies to things ( a perspicuous explanation ). In both cases, a simpler synonym shrewd for the first, clear… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 20 perspicacious and perspicacity —    Having or showing penetrating thinking skills; clear sighted. Such an acuteness of perception is perspicacity. (pron. pr spi kay shes, pr spi kas e tee) Not to be confused with perspicuous. One easy way to keep out of trouble is to think of… …

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