Sagacity Sa*gac"i*ty, n. [L. sagacitas. See {Sagacious}.] The quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment or penetration with soundness of judgment; shrewdness. [1913 Webster]

Some [brutes] show that nice sagacity of smell. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Natural sagacity improved by generous education. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Penetration; shrewdness; judiciousness.

Usage: {Sagacity}, {Penetration}. Penetration enables us to enter into the depths of an abstruse subject, to detect motives, plans, etc. Sagacity adds to penetration a keen, practical judgment, which enables one to guard against the designs of others, and to turn everything to the best possible advantage. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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