Perspicacious Per`spi*ca"cious, a. [L. perspicax, -acis, fr. perspicere to look through: cf. F. perspicace. See {Perspective}.] 1. Having the power of seeing clearly; quick-sighted; sharp of sight. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Of acute discernment; keen. [1913 Webster] -- {Per`spi*ca"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Per`spi*ca"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • perspicacious — mid 17c., from L. perspicax having the power of seeing through (see PERSPICACITY (Cf. perspicacity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • perspicacious — *shrewd, sagacious, astute Analogous words: *sharp, keen, acute: penetrating, piercing, probing (see ENTER) Antonyms: dull …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • perspicacious — [adj] observant, perceptive acute, alert, astute, aware, clear sighted, clever, discerning, heady*, judicious, keen, penetrating, percipient, sagacious, savvy*, sharp, sharpwitted, shrewd; concept 402 Ant. ignorant, unobservant, unperceptive …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • perspicacious — [pʉr΄spi kā′shəs] adj. [< L perspicax (gen. perspicacis) < perspicere, to see through: see PERSPECTIVE] 1. having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive 2. Archaic having keen vision SYN. SHREWD perspicaciously adv. perspicacity …   English World dictionary

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